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Ireland to Begin Approving Beef Plants for Export to U.S.

In a report issued Dec. 30, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service cleared the way for Irish authorities to begin approving individual beef plants for export to the United States. More details are available in this news release from Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

European Commission leaders applauded the USDA decision, but requested that the U.S. also move quickly to approve beef imports from other EU member states. News outlets quoted EU representatives as saying that while the move is a step toward normal trade conditions, it will not impact Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.