Beefing up import delay

The federal government will delay beef imports from countries that have had outbreaks of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) for at least another two years. Agriculture Minister Tony Burke made the announcement on Monday that he had ordered a full risk analysis of beef imports after extensive community pressure.

The review comes just eight days after the lifting of a ban on beef imports from countries that have had the disease.

Local campaigner Marshall Fittler, who has been organising meetings and protest rallies about the issue, said it was “a step in the right direction”.

“Thankfully Minister Tony Burke has realised that the protocols to import beef into Australia should be met and will be met,” he said. “It’s an indication that governments are willing to listen to the people.”


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