Washington, July 9, 2013 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on July 9 that an Indonesian ban on a U.S. agricultural product has been lifted. 

The lift comes after more than a year of dialogue between American and Indonesian government officials. The Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture suspended imports of U.S. meat-and-bone meal (MBM), bone-in beef, offal, and bone-derived gelatin on April 24, 2012. The ban was a result of a April 23, 2012, detection of an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow in California. 

Ongoing dialogue was also assisted by the recent World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recognition of the United States as having negligible risk status for BSE. Officially, the ban was lifted on June 17.

Indonesia is a top export market for ruminant MBM with an annual value of around $100 million, and other beef and beef products with an annual value of $25 million.


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