Taiwan this week agreed to lift a ban on imports of U.S. bone-in beef from cattle younger than 30 months. According to an article in the Taiwan News, the country initially will allow certain bone-in cuts such as T-bone and rib steaks.

U.S. beef offal remains on the off-limits list, according to the article, while talks continue on imports of ground beef.

Senior Media Affairs Liaison Nefeterius Akeli McPherson of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says U.S. beef exporters will follow USDA’s quality system assessment program to ensure that U.S. beef entering Taiwan is from cattle less than 30 months of age and is certified through documentation, verification and traceability.

Taiwan initially banned U.S. beef in 2003, then briefly lifted the ban in 2005, allowing imports of U.S. de-boned beef from cattle under 30 months. The country restored the ban two months later when a second BSE case was discovered in the U.S. In 2006, the country again opened to imports of boneless U.S. beef from cattle younger than 30 months.

The Taiwan News article is available online.