JAKARTA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian government would lift the import ban on U.S. beef later this month, a senior agriculture ministry official said Tuesday.
The move follows recent audits at two slaughter houses in Minnesota, Minneapolis and Nebraska, Omaha, said director general of veterinary Tjeppy Soedjana.
"We have concluded audits at the two (slaughter houses) and what left to be done is the health and halal certification," the official was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.
At the meantime, only the two slaughter houses will be allowed to sell products to Indonesia, he said.
The government banned beef import from the United States in 2004 for fears of mad cow disease and has since allowed only New Zealand and Australia to supply beef.