China allows beef imports from U.S. as part of bilateral 100-day action plan

Updated 2017-06-21 09:30:31 Global Times

Beef imports from the U.S. were permitted as of Tuesday, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the same day.

The boneless and bone-in beef of cattle aged under 30 months may be imported, the food quality regulator said in an online statement.

Only meat companies that have registered within the Certification and Accreditation Administration will be eligible to ship beef to China, the statement noted.

Other requirements include a traceable record to each animal's birth farm. Each cow must have be born and raised in the US or born in Mexico or Canada and slaughtered in the U.S., according to the statement.

The import permit is part of the China-U.S. 100-day plan, which was agreed on by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the U.S. state of Florida in April, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

China banned U.S. beef in 2003 over concerns about mad cow disease.

China's beef market has been expanding rapidly in recent years. In 2016, beef imports jumped to .5 billion from 4 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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