The United States has reopened its market to Argentine beef imports, suspended in August after an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in the Latin American country, US Agriculture Secretary Don Glickman said Friday.
"I am very encouraged by this agreement," Glickman told the press following a meeting here with his Argentine counterpart Antonio Berhongaray.
"The United States will allow imports of some beef from specific areas in Argentina," said Agriculture Department spokesperson Susan McAvoy.
As part of the deal, Glickman said Buenos Aires would begin importing pork meat on the bone from the United States.
Argentine President Fernando de la Rua said in August there was no hoof and mouth disease in Argentina, but admitted that the government was restricting cattle shipments.
De la Rua said at the time the problem, which first surfaced in July, "has been overcome" -- WASHINGTON (AFP)
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