Israel reaches agreement to resume U.S. beef imports

U.S. beef has not been allowed into Israel since the 2003 BSE case.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new agreement with Israel to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports for the first time since 2003. Since December 2003, Israel has banned beef imports from the U.S. due after the confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Shipments will come from the WR Reserve plant in Hastings, Neb.

During a visit by Sen. Deb Fischer (R., Neb.) to Israel last fall, U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro asked her to work with USDA to

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