UAE lifts age restriction on US beef

By Melodie Michel

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: United arab emirates, Saudi arabia, Beef

US beef exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could increase by 20% in 2012, as the country has lifted age-based restrictions on American beef.

The American Meat Institute (AMI) welcomed the move and encouraged other Middle Eastern countries to follow the UAE’s example.

AMI president and CEO J Patrick Boyle said: “We applaud the UAE officials, representatives from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of State, who collaborated closely to implement this scientifically sound policy. It is our hope that other countries in the region will follow the UAE’s example, relax their restrictions and allow American beef producers and packers to compete fairly in this highly competitive global market.”

In the first 11 months of 2011, the US exported 7,275 tonnes of beef to the UAE, generating $34.7m.

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