Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Saturday welcomed China’s decision to lift its ban on Irish beef imports, saying that the news is highly significant for the Irish beef industry. Describing it as a fantastic breakthrough for the sector, Kenny said it meant Ireland would be the only country of the European Union (EU) to be approved for both the U.S. and Chinese markets…Full Article: Xinhua Feb 2015

Key Point

  • On 11 February 2015, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) formally lifted the ban on Irish beef, allowing Ireland to export deboned beef from animals under the age of 30 months.

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  • In 2003, China banned US beef after a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease, was detected in Washington state.

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