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China lifts 13 year ban on U.S. meat

China’s premier has announced that the country will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age. When speaking to U.S. business groups, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China would soon allow imports of U.S. beef.  China has conditionally lifted an import ban on some shipments of U.S. boneless beef and beef on the bone, and will also ease restrictions on Canadian beef, the Asian nation's agriculture ministry and its premier said on Thursday.

China is already the world’s second largest buyer of beef, and the consumption is expected to rise with the country’s growing middle class. The news was welcomed by agriculture groups in the U.S., including the North American Meat Institute and the U.S. Meat Export Federation while many civil society organisations have lamented the decision which they argue will contribute negative outcomes for health and continued high emissions from livestock.

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