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First Shipment of U.S. Beef Arrives in China

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

China processed the first shipment of beef from the U.S. in 14 years on Friday, after the government agreed to resume accepting U.S. beef imports in May. China banned U.S. beef imports in 2003, following concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The shipment, brought in by Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd from Tyson Foods Inc., comes after China's decision last Tuesday to officially accept U.S. beef imports after the two countries finalized the conditions required to resume trade earlier in June. Under the new agreement, U.S. chilled or frozen bone-in and deboned beef products from cattle under 30 months of age are now eligible for export to China. The agreement also stipulates that beef products from cattle destined for China must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier, or if imported, to the first place of residence or port of entry, among other requirements.

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