Ban on US beef imports won’t be lifted
China will not lift its ban on importing US beef until officials share more data on mad cow disease, according to China’s viceminister of agriculture.
Niu Dun told Bloomberg News in an interview that China “hopes for an agreement on US beef by July,” but that the US has not shared information on four cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since 2003 when mad cow disease was reported in Washington State. “If the US doesn’t give us the information, and we can’t do the evaluation, then I can’t allow imports,” said Niu.
The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) told China Daily that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) division of the US Department of Agriculture had already submitted a completed questionnaire regarding BSE.
APHIS could not be reached for a comment.
Workers dump hundreds of thousands of counterfeit cigarettes beside an incinerator in Xuchang, Central China’s Henan province on March 13. The 80,000 cartons were to be burned to generate electric power.