Philippines lifts suspension on Canadian beef imports

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WINNIPEG, Man., January 29 (Reuters)The Philippines has lifted its suspension on imports of Canadian beef, which it imposed due to the detection of a bovine disease last month, Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said on Saturday.

Canada detected a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December on a farm in Alberta, the first known case of BSE in the country in six years.

The Philippines, China and South Korea have halted imports of Canadian beef as they seek further information. South Korea earlier this month lifted its suspension on beef shipments from Canada, the world’s eighth-largest exporter of beef and veal.

Bibeau announced the Philippines’ decision on Twitter, calling it “good news” for Canadian cattle producers.

BSE is a fatal disease of the nervous system in cattle.

The latest case in Canada is atypical — that is, it is a form of BSE that can occur naturally in older cattle — as opposed to classic BSE, caused by an animal that eats contaminated food.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg; editing by Diane Craft)

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