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Lively audio on EU beef dispute

Published: Apr 06, 2009

On April 22, the United States is scheduled to impose carousel retaliation measures against a new list of products from the European Union in response to the EU’s long-standing ban on U.S. beef exports from cattle raised with growth promotents. The two sides have been in discussions, however, on a compromise measure that would keep the hormone ban in place, but provide other trade relief that may allow the United States to export a higher volume of beef into Europe.

Thad Lively, USMEF senior vice president for policy, planning and research, says these discussions represent a potential breakthrough in this long-running dispute, but very little time remains in which to reach agreement on a compromise.