Nebraska Company to Ship Beef to Israel, Officials Say

February 10, 2016 07:04 AM
Nebraska Company to Ship Beef to Israel, Officials Say

Nebraska authorities say a Hastings company will be sending the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since Israel banned U.S. beef imports more than a dozen years ago.

Israel had barred U.S. beef after a case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was confirmed in the United States in December 2003.

On Tuesday Nebraska Agriculture Department Director Greg Ibach praised WR Reserve for complying with a rigorous inspection process that included Israeli government regulator visits. WR Reserve officials declined to comment on the shipment.

The department news release didn't say how large the shipment would be, and department officials said they didn't know how much American beef was expected to be sold in Israel.

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