Egypt’s new standard for hormones in beef went into effect Jan. 1, but the Egyptian government agencies responsible for enforcing the new standard have stated that they will not test product from shipments with bill of lading dates prior to Jan. 1. This means that the first shipments of U.S. beef that will be subject to testing will not land in Egypt until early February.
In the meantime, discussions continue inside the Egyptian government about amending the standard to bring it in line with the maximum residue levels (MRLs) established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX) to ensure a continued supply of imported beef. As currently written, Egypt’s MRLs for natural hormones are so low that even beef from non-implanted cattle would record violative residue levels, which would result in rejection of the majority of beef imports from all supplying countries.
USMEF will provide further updates on this issue as more definitive details become available. Exporters serving Egypt are encouraged to work closely with their importers and to monitor this situation carefully. If you have questions, please email Thad Lively or Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.