US Beef Coming To China For The First Time In 14 Years
Tired of eating meat made of paraffin wax and cat sphincters? You're in luck; U.S. beef is winging its way China right now just two days after the 14-year ban was lifted.
In order to satisfy China's ravenous demand, Greater Omaha Packing Co. transported the meat by plane from Nebraska, the U.S.' top beef-producing state.
The Middle Kingdom called a moratorium on U.S. beef back in 2003 due to a mad cow disease scare (you know, because the Chinese stuff is so high caliber), but recently gave the greenlight as part of a bigger trade deal that allows China to export chicken feet and other meat products to the United States.
Naturally, this has raised concerns among members of the USDA, who are worried that China's food safety standards aren't exactly up to snuff. Last year, China recorded 106 cases of bird flu (including several in Shanghai), prompting the government to shutter poultry markets across the country, and in 2013, authorities seized a shipment of chicken feet dating back to the Cultural Revolution.
Not to mention that China's stringent import requirements will tack on exorbitant costs for beef producers. Still, producers remain optimistic about the U.S. once again becoming China's stockyard. Said Philip Seng, CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, "China holds exciting potential for the U.S. beef industry and for buyers in the market who have waited a very long time for the return of high-quality U.S. beef."