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Meat Institute Testifies at U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

Meat Institute Senior Vice President of International Affairs Bill Westman last week testified at a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing focused on China's agricultural policies. Westman discussed opportunities and constraints affecting the U.S. meat and poultry industry, the activities and programs the Meat Institute supports in China and the Institute's work with its Chinese partners to benefit from market opportunities and concurrently enhance food safety, food security and sustainability.

Westman, in his testimony, detailed the means China uses, including high tariffs and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, to restrict market access for U.S. agricultural products and listed a number of U.S. meat and poultry products that are currently prohibited from being exported to the country, including processed meat and certain pork products. In addition, Westman identified several trade barriers and regulations - laboratory protocols, maximum residue limit tolerance restrictions and re-inspection processes, among other policies - that China could address or eliminate to bolster U.S. meat imports.

Westman's testimony also underscored the Meat Institute's current work in China through its involvement in the U.S.-China Agriculture and Food Partnership (AFP). The Meat Institute's engagement in AFP's Animal and Animal Products Working Group has successfully led to food safety training and orientation meetings with the China Food and Drug Administration and to the creation of a proposed pilot project with China Agriculture University to design and implement livestock production technology training for students and mid-level managers.

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