Boneless beef from older U.S. cattle will be eligible for shipment to Taiwan, the sixth-largest U.S. beef customer, for the first time in six years, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service posted regulations on the Internet that clarify Taiwan's import rules. Until now, only boneless beef from cattle 30 months or younger was allowed. Bone-in beef, such as ribs and T-bone steaks, are prohibited.

Last month, Taiwan announced it had agreed to a new protocol with the United States that would lift all restrictions on U.S. beef products.

The decision sparked a political crisis for Taiwan's government. A senior Taiwanese official issued a public apology this week over the "public panic" caused by the beef issue.

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