Taiwan is considering lifting its ban on US beef, and imports could partially resume as early as next month, according to government officials.

Taiwan was one of several countries to ban imports of US beef after a case of BSE, or mad cow disease, was detected in a cow in Washington state in December.

A panel of medical experts are due to make their recommendations to the Taiwanese government this month, and a government decision could then be made in July, reported Reuters.

“We can make an announcement about resolving this problem this month,” said Chen Chih-Lung, coordinator of the panel.

If the ban is lifted, imports are likely to be restricted to products from younger cattle.
“Our main question is whether we can lift the ban on younger cattle under 30 months of age,” Chen was quoted by Reuters as saying.