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China officially allows U.S. beef to enter country

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China began importing U.S. beef on Tuesday in fulfilling its pledge on the U.S.-China 100-day action plan to boost bilateral economic ties.

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The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, announced on its website that eligible U.S. beef has been allowed to enter China since June 20. It is the first such move since 2003.

The Chinese authority published relevant quality and quarantine details Tuesday. The age of the beef cattle should be younger than 30 months.

Beef importers should be registered at the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China.

Cattle must be traceable to their birth farm. Beef destined for China must be sourced from cattle that were born, raised and slaughtered in the United States, or cattle that were imported from Canada and Mexico before being slaughtered in the United States.

Offspring of cattle with or suspected with mad cow disease is banned. Other details include veterinary drug regulation as well as packaging and shipment standards.

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