THE REQUIREMENT that 20 per cent of fresh beef meat and offal imported into the European Union from the USA should be tested for the presence of banned hormones is to be lifted, after EU vets approved a proposal from the European Commission. The checks were introduced on September 1999, when all imports had to be examined; this was reduced to 20 per cent in September 2000. Now American beef will be subject to the standard random checks for banned residues carried out on all meat imports.

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