Ban on US beef im­ports won’t be lifted

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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