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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Delays Beef Ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union has lifted the immediate threat of a ban on all U.S. beef imports after the United States gave assurances that meat destined for the bloc would not contain growth hormones, EU officials said.

The EU's executive Commission threatened in April to ban imports of U.S. beef from Tuesday after scientific tests showed that 12 percent of supposedly hormone-free U.S. beef shipped to the EU contained hormone residues.

But EU officials said Monday the bloc had decided to put off the threatened ban by six months after the United States pledged to put in place checks to stop the problem.