AUSTRALIA, North Sydney NSW. The Australian authorities announced that China will lift the ban on red meat imports from Australia, after six Australian meat producers were denied to export beef to China in July because of labeling issues on their products.
The facilities, which account for around 30% of Australia’s beef exports to China, can now resume exporting.
The plants with product labeling issues are JBS’ Beef City and Scone plants, Thomas Food International’s facility in Murray Bridge, South Australia, Northern Cooperative Meat Company’s Casino processor and Kilcoy Pastoral and Australian Country Choice plants in Queensland.
"The Turnbull Coalition Government is pleased China has lifted the suspension of red meat imports from six Australian meat-processing facilities," Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said in a statement. "This positive outcome reflects the high level of cooperation between Australian and Chinese authorities, and our red meat industry."
Australia’s beef exports to China were worth $516 mill. in 2016, according to the Australian government.