China bans UK beef again due to mad cow disease

BEIJING – China banned UK imports of beef under 30 months of age after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or ‘mad cow’ disease, in the UK last month, the BBC reported.

The ban came into effect on September 29, according to a statement from the General Customs Administration.

China has yet to resume buying beef from the UK after agreeing in 2018 to lift previous restrictions.

Beijing imposed a ban in the 1990s during previous BSE outbreaks.

In September, the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said a case of BSE had been confirmed on a farm in Somerset.

In 2018, China ended a two-decade-long ban on beef imports from the UK, which was first introduced after the BSE outbreak in the 1990s.

At the time, the UK government said lifting the ban would earn UK producers £ 250million over the next five years.

It came in after years of site inspections and negotiations between officials in London and Beijing.

In September of this year, it was announced that the United States was lifting its decades-old ban on imports of British lamb.

The United States had stopped imports of British lamb since 1989, following the first outbreaks of BSE.

The previous year, British beef exports to the United States resumed for the first time in over 20 years.

British beef was banned by Washington after the BSE outbreak in 1996.

The BBC has contacted the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a response to China’s announcement.

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