Japanese beef enters the Chinese market
Deboned beef from Japanese cows under 30 months old is now accepted in the Chinese market after a two-decade-long restriction, announced the General Administration of Customs, quoted by Reuters.
The decision comes as China is facing a severe shortage of meat due to the African swine fever situation in the country. The disease has reduced the national swine inventory by almost 50% forcing the Chinese government to increase meat imports.
However, inspection and quarantine requirements for the Japanese beef remains to be decided separately, announced the customs and agriculture ministries. Since 2001, China has placed a ban on Japanese beef after a mad-cow disease outbreak. In a separate notice, authorities from Beijing announced that they will also allow some imports of Japanese pork product.
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