Mexico May Lift Ban Within Weeks

Pending a visit by Mexican health officials to four U.S. meat plants, Mexico may lift its U.S. beef ban within the next two weeks. Compiled by staff

Published on: Mar 2, 2004

Mexico's ban on U.S. beef may be dropped within the next two weeks if Mexican officials are pleased with what they see in visits next week to four U.S. meat plants.

Mexico's animal health chief Javier Trujillo told Reuters on Monday that health ministry officials would begin visiting the plants on March 8 to determine if proper deboning methods can stop the spread of BSE.

Trujillo said last week that the ban was just days away from being lifted, but the process was set back after the health ministry's visit was delayed. He also states the visits will take at least a week to conduct.

Bill Hawks, USDA undersecretary, says the border may open in a matter of days.