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US Beef Import Ban Lifted

The import of beef of US origin was authorised to resume as of 20 June this year. All such beef, however, must be sourced from meat enterprises registered with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China and conform with all relevant inspection, quarantine, packaging, certificate, storage and transportation requirements.

Announcing the lifting of the ban, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) specified that all such imports are to be restricted to boneless and on-the-bone beef from cattle of less than 30 months of age. This includes heart, kidney, liver, omasum and tendons, but specifically excludes tonsils, the terminal end of the ileum, minced meat and mechanically-separated meat.

The new regulations regarding US beef imports supersede the ban imposed under the terms of Announcement No. 143 (2001), as issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and the former China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. The resumption of imports followed a joint agreement by AQSIQ and the US Department of Agriculture with regard to the inspection, quarantine and veterinary health requirements for the shipment of US beef for human consumption to China in line with the relevant laws and regulations.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

Announcement of AQSIQ on Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for Beef Imports from the US (AQSIQ Announcement No.47 [2017])

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