US Department of Agriculture China accepts growth hormones

by Axel Mönch
Monday, March 30, 2020
Improved sales conditions are being created for beef in particular.
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Improved sales conditions are being created for beef in particular.

China is removing barriers in agricultural trade with the USA. Sales opportunities for meat in particular will improve in the future.

The US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Commerce (USTR) have reported further easing of trade with China. According to these reports, China and the USA have agreed on the regionalisation principle in the case of poultry diseases. This allows US states not affected by avian flu to resume supplying poultry to China. In addition, according to the US ministries, China has set maximum residue limits (MRLs) for three different fattening hormones. This opens up the possibility of importing "hormone-treated meat" into China, i.e. beef that has been produced using fattening hormones.

In addition, the range of authorised beef and pork products has been extended. Among other things, beef products from animals aged over 30 months will be permitted in future. In January, China had promised a significant increase in agricultural imports from the USA in the 'Phase 1 deal'. "These steps show that China is moving in the right direction to implement the agreement," stressed US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

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