Beefban lifted, lamb remains

Published on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 by eg Olson

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Beef ban lifted, lamb remains

By Meg Olson

Alberta beef is back on the menu after the U.S. agricultural authorities lifted the ban on personal importation of beef November 19. Lamb chops, however, are still bad news.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) public affairs officer Mike Milne, “personal use amounts of beef are ok in passenger baggage as long as they can be identified as beef and contain no goat or lamb products.” Goat and lamb products will remain prohibited at this time, but bison products are allowed.

For grocery shoppers crossing the border Milne said it was important they look at the ingredient list on products that could contain lamb or goat as well as beef, such as dog food, because that would make those items inadmissible.

The beef ban at the border was put in place in May, 2003 after bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – Mad Cow Disease – was confirmed in a Canadian cow. Restrictions were lifted later that year on commercial importation of meat from animals that could be certified as under 30 months old, and in 2005 live cattle imports from Canada resumed.