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EU to lift ban on some U.S. meats

various sources Published on 08 February 2013

The European Union dropped its ban on some U.S. meat imports on Feb. 4 in a gesture aimed at starting talks on a free-trade pact, reported

The European news site said that Brussels and Washington want to deepen a relationship that accounts for a third of global trade and ending the EU import ban on live pigs and beef washed in lactic acid is meant to show the Europeans are serious about a deal.

The ban will be lifted from Feb. 25, dropping European objections that were based on differing hygiene and husbandry methods in meat production. U.S. farmers regard these concerns as unscientific.

"Effective February 25, these measures will help increase exports of U.S. beef and live swine to European customers," Andrea Mead, spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office, said in an email.

Import tariffs between the European Union and the U.S. are already low. The real benefit would come from increased access to each other's markets, as well as common regulations that would remove the high costs that smaller companies face if they want to export beyond their borders.

Also during the week of Feb. 4, European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht held talks in Washington with top Obama administration officials, reported The Washington Post, and European leaders in Brussels on Friday said they would pursue “without delay” the upcoming recommendations of a U.S.-E.U. trade working group.  end mark

—Compiled from various sources