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US to Import Irish Beef for the First Time in 15 Years

Beef from the European Union was banned after the Mad Cow scare.

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For the first time in 15 years, American burgers may be again made from Irish beef. According to the Associated Press, Ireland will be the first European Union country "allowed to resume sales" since the Mad Cow scare over a decade and a half ago. In the 1990s, the United States banned all beef products from the EU when the Mad Cow crisis took place. The disease can cause a fatal brain disease in humans who consume the infected meat.

Annual beef exports to America could be worth nearly $30 million dollars.

America technically lifted the ban on beef from the EU in March 2014 but inspections were necessary before exports could resume. The news is good for Ireland: Authorities estimate that annual beef exports to America could be worth nearly $30 million dollars.

The United States isn't the only country with a fear of the Mad Cow Disease: In 2012 when it was discovered that some cows in California had the illness, stores in South Korean stopped selling American beef.

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