Singapore, at the persistent insistence of USDA and the Pet Food Institute over the past two years, has lifted a ban on U.S. pet food containing bovine material, according to a new report from USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. The 13-year-old restriction was based on fears of the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease. 

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service pointed out the World Organization for Animal Health gave its lowest possible risk factor rating of “negligible” to the U.S. in 2013, and Singapore’s Animal Veterinary Service eventually relented, removing the restriction. 

That’s good news for U.S. pet food manufacturers because Singapore’s imports are rising. The country imported $49 million worth of pet food in 2019, up from $44 million in 2018.

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