WASHINGTON -- The lower beef prices enjoyed by U.S. consumers in recent weeks may soon be on their way back up, as barriers limiting both imports of Canadian cattle and beef products and U.S. exports to countries like Mexico begin falling. The re-opening of international markets will reduce the stateside glut of beef that has been building since the country's first official case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was announced Dec. 23, 2003. The subsequent export bans by heavy beef-buying ...

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