For the first time in more than 15 years, a European Union country will allow imports from Ireland. The U.S. has decided to resume importation of Ireland’s beef despite the past Bovine spongiform encephalopathy scare.
In March of 2014, the U.S. lifted a ban on beef from the European Union, but required inspections to be performed on the products, the Associated Press reported.
Ireland’s minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney issued a statement says that Ireland will again have access to the U.S. market after American authorities performed inspections on the country’s beef production systems last year.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is not only fatal to cows, but can also cause a brain disease in humans that can be fatal if people consume infected meat.