New US Action Plan for imported meat
Only imported meat that has been tested and is found to
be safe can be sold on the US meat market.
These are the conditions laid down in the new 'Action Plan for Import
' presented by Mike Leavitt, US minister for health at the
beginning of this month.
Drawn-up by 12 American departments and organisations, the plan is due to
come into effect mid-2008. It follows recent food scandals and recalling of
The US ministry of agriculture has
emphasised that the plan is intended to make imported meat as safe as US
homegrown meat and not to make imports more difficult.
Leavitt commented that the US must now work together with importing
community, foreign producers, exporters and governments to "improve the safety
of imported products â€¦so all can benefit from an abundant and safe marketplace".
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