(Attribute to J. Patrick Boyle, President and CEO, American Meat Institute)
announcement by China to withdraw from
negotiations with the United States and to
attempt to force a limited market reopening is
disappointing and inconsistent with
international standards. It is also contrary to
the commitment given by senior Chinese
government officials to U.S. officials during
bilateral consultations earlier this spring.
There is no scientific justification
for not allowing the full resumption of beef
imports from the U.S. That’s because U.S.
beef derived from cattle of all ages is safe.
The unilateral conditions announced by
China – only permitting the import of U.S.
boneless beef under 30 months of age – are
inconsistent with the international standards
established by the OIE. These guidelines
clearly note that there should be no cattle age
requirement imposed on beef from a country with
a low level BSE risk because effective and
appropriate risk mitigation measures are, and
have been, in place for years.
two to trade, and we would strongly encourage
the Government of China to reengage in
negotiations with the U. S. Government and
abide by its earlier market reopening
commitment to fully restore trade in American
Unilateral Chinese Announcement To Partially Reopen Beef Market Unsupported By ScienceFriday, June 30, 2006
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