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U.S. MUTTON BAN EASED

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The I'iinister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony,

tonight welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Ambassador,

Mr. Rice, that the Shepparton abattoir would again be able

to export mutton to the United States.

Mr. Anthony said he hoped a number of abattoirs

would soon be cleared to resume mutton shipments to the U.S.

market.

But he said some were likely to have difficulty

in meeting the high standards required.

Mr. Anthony said the lifting of.the ban on mutton from Shepparton, and the expected clearance of other works,

was the result of a great deal of concentrated effort and co—operation over recent weeks by officers of his department

and abattoir managements.

He said the abattoirs had been required to introduce changes in processing procedures that in many cases were very

extensive.

At the same time, the department had revised its inspection procedures and,through this joint effort and close liaison with the U.S. authorities, it now appeared likely that inspection by Australian and U.S. officers would be followed fairly quickly by restoration of a number of

abattoirs to the approved, export list.

Canberra,

4th August, 1970.