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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zubkov Lets Canada Send More Beef

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canada will begin exporting more beef to Russia as it recovers markets that it lost with the discovery of mad cow disease on a Canadian farm in 2003, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Tuesday

Russia will allow Canada to ship bone-in beef from cattle under 30 months of age and boneless beef from cattle over 30 months, he said.

Market access for those beef cuts is worth an estimated 32 million Canadian dollars ($31 million) annually, Ritz said from Moscow in a conference call with reporters, following a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.

Russia imported more than 372 million Canadian dollars worth of farm products in 2008, mostly meat, making it Canada’s 15th-largest agricultural market. Moscow lifted a ban on Canadian pork this summer but it will not take effect until after visit by Russian officials to inspect meat plants, Ritz said.