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Meat Institute Welcomes First Step Towards Opening Chinese Market to U.S. Beef

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Washington, D.C.—The North American Meat Institute welcomed today’s news that China lifted its ban on U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age. The announcement is the first step toward resuming beef trade with China, with further technical discussions by USDA and USTR still needed on the specific conditions that will allow trade to resume.

“Reopening the Chinese market has been a top priority for Meat Institute members for more than a decade,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “It is a market with a high demand for beef and our members are prepared to offer the highest quality beef in the world.”

The Meat Institute will continue to work closely with USDA and USTR to reopen the market and push for science-based trade standards around the world.

“USDA and USTR have led the way in restoring market access for U.S. beef in recent years, and we are proud to partner in those efforts,” said Carpenter. “Science based free trade has numerous benefits for the U.S., and reopening the Chinese market as well as TPP deal are great examples of the opportunities in the Pacific region.”

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