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Deal Finalized for U.S. Beef to China

Deal Finalized for U.S. Beef to China

6/12/2017 2:37:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Videos, Today's Top 5, People in Ag, Livestock, Livestock Markets, Cattle, National News, International

Beef exports to the People’s Republic of China must meet specified requirements under the USDA Export Verification (EV) Program.  These requirements apply to U.S. companies—slaughterers, fabricators, and/or processors—that supply beef and beef products as listed on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website

The specified requirements for exports to China include:

  • Beef and beef products must be derived from cattle that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S., cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico and subsequently raised and slaughtered in the U.S., or cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico for direct slaughter;
  • Cattle must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier, or if imported to the first place of residence or port of entry;
  • Beef and beef products must be derived from cattle less than 30 months of age;
  • Chilled or frozen bone-in and deboned beef products are eligible for shipment.  For a complete listing, refer to the FSIS Export Library; and
  • Carcasses, beef, and beef products must be uniquely identified and controlled up until the time of shipment.

Only eligible products may be issued an FSIS Export Certificate.  The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) verifies that cattle meet the specified product requirements, as outlined in QAD 1030AA Procedure, through an approved USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA) or USDA Process Verified Program (PVP).  These programs ensure that a company’s requirements are supported by a documented quality management system and are verified through audits conducted by AMS.

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Livestock groups are sharing their excitement about the deal being finalized. 

Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement that it has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials on a deal that will allow U.S. producers to begin beef exports to China for the first time since 2003:

"NCBA commends the leadership of President Trump and our skilled negotiators who were able to restore U.S. beef access to China, something that has been a top priority for NCBA for 13 years. NCBA worked closely with USDA throughout the entire process. In recent years, China has become one of the largest import markets for beef, and these terms are a reflection of China's trust in the safety and quality of U.S. beef. We hope that by getting our foot in the door we can develop a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with China."

The Montana Stockgrowers Association issued the following statement regarding the announcement that an agreement has been reached to begin shipping U.S. beef to China:

“Montana ranchers have been waiting for this day for thirteen years,” said Montana Stockgrowers Association Executive Vice President, Errol Rice. “Restored access to China’s 1.3 billion consumers will create an immense market potential for Montana ranchers.”

The U.S. Cattlemen's Association President Kenny Graner commented on the news, “We were briefed by the Administration during our fly-in on the status of the agreement and it comes as welcome news to all producers that we have once again secured this important market.”

“USCA would like to thank the Administration and staff at USDA who have remain committed to securing this access for producers since the ban was put in place in 2003.  The individuals who have led on these negotiations have never wavered and for that, U.S. cattle producers will now enjoy the potential of an ever growing, and ever demanding marketplace for U.S. beef.”

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3 comments on article "Deal Finalized for U.S. Beef to China"


Katrin Kolder

6/12/2017 3:27 PM

Traceback of USA produced beef to place of BIRTH...traceback of imported beef to port of entry.....Wait a second--that is not FAIR TRADE!! USA producers bear the burden of proof and liability. Not the Meatpacker who IMPORTS the often unknown sourced beef. Do we require this of BRAZIL, AFRICA and other exporting countries??

NO. Not something to get as excited about ranchers.


Howard G Newman

6/12/2017 6:16 PM

So is China demanding county of origin labeling beef from the US so they don't get any rotten meat from Brazil?X46r3


Delbert Eszlinger

6/12/2017 7:17 PM

•Beef and beef products must be derived from cattle that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S., cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico and subsequently raised and slaughtered in the U.S., or cattle that were imported from Canada or Mexico for direct slaughter;

•Cattle must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier, or if imported to the first place of residence or port of entry

This part of the whole agreement is what is questionable.. So its NOT just US fed, slaughtered beef that will be exported, so when we get a bad shipment in from Mexico or Canada,, we will get the bad rap for it, when its not even born or raised here in the US.. That is exacltyl WHY COOL needs to be implemented, so we know where the meat is coming from, before it gets shipped out..

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