China bans British beef again over mad cow disease


BBC News (UK)

Oct 11, 2021


China has banned British beef imports of cattle under 30 months of age after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow" disease, in the UK last month.


The ban took effect from 29 September, according to a statement from the General Administration of Customs.


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


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


In September, the UK's 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-decades-long ban on imports of beef from the UK, which as first introduced after the outbreak of BSE in the 1990s.


At the time, the UK government said the lifting of the ban would be worth 250m to British producers over the next five years.


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


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