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U.S. beef exports to China increasing after 14-year absence

Number of U.S. facilities approved steadily growing.

In June 2017, the U.S. began shipping beef to China after a 14-year ban that was enacted after the discovery of isolated cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (commonly known as mad cow disease) in the U.S. and Canada in 2003. Prior to 2003, China was among the top 10 U.S. beef export markets but still was significantly smaller than leading U.S. partners like Japan, Canada and Mexico.

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