Chinese Delegates Tour U.S. Beef System to Potentially Reopen Market Access

A delegation from China's food safety agency is coming to the U.S. to review American beef production. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Phil Seng says USMEF hopes this is the time something positive will happen and China will remove its ban of imports of U.S. beef - established in December 2003 after the first U.S. case of BSE. The Chinese delegation will have to develop a report on its findings after its two-week U.S. tour - but Seng believes the reopening will happen in the near future. Every country has a different rulemaking process - Seng says - but it's expected that China would begin with a staggered protocol to allow imports of bone-in and boneless beef from U.S. cattle age 30-months or younger.

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