Lifting the ban on Japanese beef in China

The website of the General Administration of Customs released two documents on December 22, announcing the lifting of the ban on mad cow disease and the ban on foot-and-mouth disease in Japan from December 19. This means that 18 years later, Japanese beef is expected to return to the Chinese table.
According to the Announcement No. 200, 2019 issued by the General Administration of customs and the Ministry of agriculture and rural areas, according to the results of risk assessment, the ban on foot-and-mouth disease in Japan will be lifted from the date of promulgation of this announcement, and qualified Japanese cloven hooves and their products will be allowed to export to China. The Joint Announcement No. 45 of 2010 of the General Administration of quality inspection and the former Ministry of Agriculture shall be repealed at the same time.
Document No. 202 pointed out that according to the results of risk assessment, from the date of this announcement, the Joint Announcement No. 143 of the former General Administration of entry exit inspection and quarantine and the former Ministry of agriculture of the people’s Republic of China on the prohibition of Japanese beef under 30 months of age was lifted. The inspection and quarantine requirements for Japanese beef under 30 months old to be exported to China shall be formulated separately.
China lifted the ban on Japanese beef, which is expected to return to China after 18 years
Due to the outbreak of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in Japan in 2001, China began to ban the import of Japanese beef in the same year. After that, Japan repeatedly asked for a restart. However, in 2010, foot-and-mouth disease broke out in Japan, and China immediately banned the import of Japanese cloven hoofed animals (pigs, cattle, sheep, etc.) and their products.
On November 22 this year, at the invitation of Japanese Foreign Minister Mau minchong, State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi attended the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting held in Nagoya, Japan, and jointly held the first meeting of the China Japan high level people to people and cultural exchange consultation mechanism with Japanese Foreign Minister Mau minchong.
Japan’s foreign ministry later said that China and Japan had signed a cooperation agreement on animal health and quarantine. Kyodo news agency, NHK and other Japanese media said that this was an important step for China to lift the ban on Japanese beef, and looked forward to officially lifting the ban as soon as possible.
In addition to Japan, the epidemic of BSE broke out in Europe in 2000. On March 27, 2001, China banned the import and sale of beef, cattle tissue, viscera and other foods produced from the raw materials imported from Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Liechtenstein.
At the end of 2003, U.S. beef and its products were also detected with BSE. In order to prevent the epidemic from spreading, China introduced an import ban on U.S. beef that year.
But in recent years, China has gradually lifted the import ban on beef from Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and other countries.
The measures for the supervision and administration of the inspection and Quarantine of import and export meat products issued by the General Administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine stipulates that the imported meat products shall meet the requirements of Chinese laws, administrative regulations and national standards for food safety, as well as the inspection and quarantine requirements stipulated in the relevant agreements, protocols and memoranda signed between China and the exporting countries or regions, as well as the inspection indicated in the trade contracts Epidemic demand.
AQSIQ formulates and publishes the inspection and quarantine requirements for Chinese imported meat products in accordance with the provisions of Chinese laws, administrative regulations, the requirements of national standards for food safety, the results of risk analysis on epidemic diseases and toxic and harmful substances of meat products at home and abroad, and in combination with the effectiveness evaluation of the quality and safety management system of the countries or regions that intend to export meat products to China; or To sign an inspection and quarantine agreement with the countries or regions that intend to export meat products to China to determine the inspection and quarantine requirements and relevant certificates.