China has lifted its ban on imports of some U.S. boneless and bone-in beef, according to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.
China’s action applies to imports U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age, according to a statement from the ministry. However, the removal of the ban is conditioned on completion of quarantine requirements which the ministry said would be issued at a later time without providing any additional guidance.
Craig Uden, NCBA president elect and resident of Dawson Co., says representatives were in the U.S. visiting operations. They were learning about our systems. Uden says they place a high value on tractability and where the cattle come from.
China also announced it has lifted its ban on some Canadian beef as it will allow in bone-in beef from Canada that comes from animals under 30 months of age. However, as with removal of the restrictions on U.S. beef, the quarantine and inspection measures for Canada will still have to be developed.
The bans in place on U.S. and Canadian beef go back to 2003 and are linked to BSE.