China lifts decade-old ban on US beef products
China is the world's largest consumer for pork and the demand for beef is growing. Photograph: (Getty)
China has lifted a 13-year-old ban on some US beef products, the country's quality inspection regulator said on Thursday.
China had stopped most beef imports from the US over a decade ago after mad cow disease was detected in Washington state in December 2003.
A ban on imports of 'American bone-in beef and boneless beef for cattle under 30 months' has been lifted effective immediately, an official document of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine stated.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the decision shows Beijing's desire to improve commercial ties with the US, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Talking to US business groups in New York on Tuesday, Li had suggested that the ban would soon be lifted, the Wall Street Journal reported, saying: "We also recognise that the United States has very good beef, so why should we deny Chinese customers this choice?"
China is the world's largest consumer for pork and the demand for beef is growing.
According to the Chinese state media, before the ban was removed Chinese shoppers often bought smuggled beef on online portals.
(WION with inputs from AFP)