China lifts 15-year ban on US, Canadian beef imports


China has lifted a ban on imports of deboned and bone-in beef from US cattle below 30 months, effective September 22, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The US beef imports are still subject to Chinese standards on traceability and quarantine, which will be released later, said the two ministries in a joint statement. Meanwhile, the AQSIQ and MOA said the nation also lifted a ban on Canadian bone-in beef from cattle below 30 months, effective September 19. Products from the US and Canada were banned by China from 2001 on concerns over the spread of mad cow disease.


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