The Uruguayan Government has banned the domestic sale of meat in the country for a three month period.
The Uruguayan Government has banned the domestic sale of meat in the country for a three month period. The ban came into effect on Thursday (August 16) and Saturday has been set as the dead-line for the sale of beef in Uruguay's shops.
A similar ban last year, imposed for four months, caused wide-spread protests against the high prices of other foods. However, the Minister of Agriculture, Benito Mediro, has said that if substitute foods run short, the meat ban will be lifted.
Beef is one of Uruguay's staple products, and exports of it did not reach expected levels during the first six months of this year. In July, only 6,000 tons were exported compared to the 15,000 tons exported i July of last year.
Informed sources in the country said that the commanders of the armed forces, in a Monday night meeting with Government Ministers and the President, expressed the opinion that the ban should hot begin until next month and should only last for two months.