September 23, 2016
China lifts ban on US beef imports
China on Thursday lifted a decade-plus ban on some beef products from the US, according to agriculture and quarantine regulators.
The ban on bone-in and boneless beef from cattle under 30 months old from the US was removed effective immediately, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
Authorities will formulate rules on traceability and quarantine for the beef products, the statement said.
China halted beef imports from the US in 2003 to prevent the spread of mad cow disease. But due to surging demand, some Chinese consumers started to purchase smuggled beef via online stores.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signalled the lifting of the ban Tuesday when speaking at a welcoming dinner party organized by the Economic Club of New York.
"The United States also has very good beef. Why should we deny Chinese customers more choices?" he said.