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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

France Reviews Ban

PARIS -- France's Agriculture Ministry confirmed Wednesday that it has submitted a report on British beef to the national food safety agency, which it expects to announce "within 10 days" whether it recommends lifting an import ban.

The report, outlining British assurances about the quality of the country's beef exports, was submitted late Tuesday night to the agency, a ministry spokeswoman said.

It summarizes clarifications on five points - traceability, controls, tests, derived products and labeling - requested by France. The new proposals for testing are thought to be the only concession to the French.

If France's food agency approves the draft agreement, the country's Socialist-led government is expected to lift the ban swiftly.