Vietnam considers lifting import ban on French beef

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been tasked with assessing whether to lift the ban on beef imports from France once the products meet Vietnamese requirements.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai instructed the ministry to work closely with relevant agencies and French exporters to address technical problems and facilitate bilateral trade.

On February 24, 1998, the ministry issued a decision on the temporary import ban on ruminant animals and their products from countries affected by mad cow disease, including France, as proposed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

In 2008, the OIE officially recognised that France had brought the disease under control.

Since 2011, the European country has been suggesting the Vietnamese ministry lift the ban.

Currently, France exports beef products to other EU countries, Brazil, the US, New Zealand and some ASEAN countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

With regard to the temporary import ban on French apples, the ministry’s Department of Plant Protection has asked France to provide more technical information on diseases that affect this fruit as a basis for further analysis.