China’s beef ban be­gins to thaw

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

CHI­NESE au­thor­i­ties have al­lowed some ship­ments of Aus­tralian beef onto shelves as talks con­tinue on a so­lu­tion to prod­uct la­belling con­cerns. China has raised con­cerns over la­bels on some boxes of ex­ported beef that do not match the la­bels on the pack­ets in­side. The tem­po­rary ban has put hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in Aus­tralian beef ex­ports at risk. But Trade Min­is­ter Steve Ciobo said Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties had agreed meat sent from Aus­tralia be­fore July 24 would be al­lowed into the coun­try. “That rep­re­sents the good­will be­tween Aus­tralia and China,” Mr Ciobo said.

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