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Phil Seng With USMEF Pleased by Word US Beef Added to List of Products Eligible for Export to China- Sees Exciting Potential After Period of Adjustment

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:55:02 CDT

Phil Seng With USMEF Pleased by Word US Beef Added to List of Products Eligible for Export to China- Sees Exciting Potential After Period of Adjustment On June 12, U.S. beef was added to the list of products eligible for export to China. Details are posted in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Click here for the overview of the requirements detailed by AMS on beef to China- and click here for the FSIS updated statement on the details of all US meat to China- including several references to beef for the first time.

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng issued the following statement:

"USMEF is pleased to see these important steps completed that will soon allow U.S. beef shipments to China to resume, ending a suspension that has lasted more than 13 years. We thank our U.S. government officials for their tireless efforts on this issue, and now look forward to exporting U.S. beef to this very important market.

"It is important to note that the market-opening agreement includes requirements that will involve a period of adjustment for the U.S. industry. Meeting these requirements will add costs and this will mean that U.S. beef is priced at a premium compared to other suppliers in the market. With that said, China holds exciting potential for the U.S. beef industry and for buyers in the market who have waited a very long time for the return of high-quality U.S. beef. "

Among the protocol released by AMS that will cost US Cattle Producers money to allow their cattle to become eligible for shipment to China:

Beef and beef products must be derived from cattle that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S., cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico and subsequently raised and slaughtered in the U.S., or cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico for direct slaughter;
Cattle must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier, or if imported to the first place of residence or port of entry;
Beef and beef products must be derived from cattle less than 30 months of age;
Chilled or frozen bone-in and deboned beef products are eligible for shipment. For a complete listing, refer to the FSIS Export Library; and
Carcasses, beef, and beef products must be uniquely identified and controlled up until the time of shipment.

The FSIS Document confirms that previous statements by the Chinese on beta agonists and other substances will be maintained- stating:

"Eligible beef products exported to China should not contain growth promotants, feed additives and other chemical compounds including ractopamine, prohibited by China’s law and regulation. Beef shipments detected with prohibited substance or compounds at the port of entry will be rejected, returned to the US or destroyed."



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