Canada - Bone In Beef For Peru
June 14, 2012
Peru has restored market access to Canadian bone-in beef from cattle younger than 30 months of age, boneless beef of all ages and offal, Canadian officials announced in a news release.
Canada has been barred from Peru since 2003 when that market closed due to a discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada.
Canada Beef Inc. estimates the Peruvian market's worth to Canadian beef producers at $2 million annually.
(In 2011, Peruvian beef imports totaled some $49 million.)
"This restored access shows how our Government is working with industry to give Canada's beef producers the ability to make their money from the marketplace, not the mailbox," Agriculture Minsiter Gerry Ritz said.
"The Harper Government will continue to help farmers and processors find more market opportunities by opening, reopening, and expanding export markets around the world."
Canada signed a free-trade pact with Peru in 2009.
Since then the two countries' bilateral trade has increased by more than 50 percent, according to Canada's International Trade Minister Ed Fast.
Earlier this year Peru reopened to live Canadian cattle, a marketed estimated to be worth more than $2.5 million in 2012 to Canadian cattle producers.
Canada still is working to restore access for bone-in beef from cattle older than 30 months of age in Peru, the only remaining beef access issue with the Andean nation.
- Source: meatingplace
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