U.S. Lifts Ban on Irish Beef
The cows won’t be happy, but at least they’re not mad. Irish beef is returning to the U.S. market after more than 15 years. The BSE crisis of the 1990s — which claimed 77 lives and forced the slaughter of 4.5 million cattle — led to the ban. But Ireland is the first EU country to be allowed back into the American market. Thanks to growing stateside demand, Ireland hopes to sell between $60 and $120 million worth of meat to the U.S. this year.