China May Approve US Beef, Following Chicken Deal


China may soon be open to U.S. beef imports, officials announced after a Dec. 20 meeting of the U.S.–China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

The deal has been years in the making, and experts said it was part of a tradeoff to open the United States to Chinese chicken imports.

The move comes after the USDA approved China to process chickens for the U.S. market in August. Audits are also underway that may approve China to raise and slaughter chickens for sale in the United States.

The move also comes amid a resurgence of H5N1 avian flu in China. On Dec. 17, the spokesman of Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center warned people traveling to mainland China to take health precautions. Many countries ban Chinese chicken due to avian flu, including Pakistan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Ukraine, Germany, and Japan.

U.S. and Chinese envoys agreed to “promote U.S. beef exports to China,” a Chinese deputy commerce minister, Wang Chao, said at a Dec. 20 press conference, The Associated Press reported.

Chao gave no details on how the two sides would promote U.S. beef, The Associated Press reported. A deputy at the agriculture ministry, Niu Dun, said they would also work on technical issues, but gave no estimation on when the market would open.

China banned U.S. beef imports in 2003, after a case of mad cow disease in Washington state. The move started a trade war with the United States, and Chinese leaders sought to pressure the United States to allow Chinese chicken imports in exchange for reopening the beef market.

“[Chinese] officials have tried in the past to make the exportation of poultry products to the United States a quid pro quo for reopening U.S. beef exports to [China],” states a 2010 report from the Congressional Research Service.

Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute, told Epoch Times that he shares a similar belief. He said in a previous telephone interview, “China shut down beef imports from the U.S. so the agriculture department has been trying to get that reopened. Part of the trade would be to let China send chickens here.”

The mad cow case in 2003 dealt a heavy blow to the U.S. beef industry. Several countries banned U.S. beef at the time, and the blow left the industry searching for a large market.

A 2009 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association letter, obtained by Food & Water Watch, states that “China represents one of the largest potential growth markets for U.S. beef—worth in excess of $100 million.”

“The chicken dispute is likely to impede ongoing efforts to open up China to U.S. beef,” it states.

Domestically, China has its own interests in U.S. food products. Food safety is a large concern in China where tainted foods and poisoned products are common. The Chinese-language DW News reports, “With the rise of China’s middle class and domestic food safety hazards, food imports from the United States will become an option in China.”

The Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, formed in 1983, aims to resolve trade issues. The recent meeting was led by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, according to Associated Press.

The Chinese delegation was led by Wang, Niu, and Deputy Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao.



  • Clark_Nova

    Why not? Tainted meat is nothing new to the Chinese people.

    • LaFemmeNikitty

      What’s good for China isn’t what’s good for me.

    • abxnomore

      I don’t want their tainted chicken in America. Buy local and eat organic if you can. Boycott Chinese chicken.

  • Gin1234

    That is all we need it more poisoned food from China, and the need to slaughter more animals to give to them. Not only am I afraid to eat from dishes from China for fear of them being loaded with some kind of toxic chemical, painted with toxic paint, or led, but I have seen enough of how they treat animals to know, I want nothing to do with any meat coming through them as well. As far as exchange with them of meet of any kind, we should be further developing bean, grains, and other less energy consuming food products to sustain us into the future. China should be concerned about this, especially due to their huge population, and energy and pollution caused by raising and eating animals.

    • takawalk

      A side thought, but doesn’t the ethanol requirements proven to be non beneficial for the reasons they were imposed, become relevant to any discussion about food? Even vegetarians would prefer to eat certain foods with corn content than gas. I know this is off topic, but it is something I rarely see discussed. Curious to your thoughts on it if you care to reply. Hope you have enjoyed the holidays.

      • Gin1234

        Hi takawalk, I hope your holidays have been good for you, as well. Good to see you. I have to admit that I am not well versed in the subject you bring up, and can’t really hold an intelligent conversation on it. I do know that trying to curb pollution from gas using ethanol, has opened up a whole new area of pollution to the environment and forcing farmers to grow corn in areas not good for that, or that used to be conservation areas. It’s ruining the environment in a whole other way. Corn also has to be grown to feed animals. We need more products that can go directly to feeding us, instead of to feed animals that are then used for food to feed us. It doesn’t make any sense, but meat eating is so ingrained in people as a required fact of life in this country that it would be hard to turn it around. I don’t think the ethanol added to gas has really done what they hoped it would do for pollution, and stopping global warming, either, and the government needs to do some serious reconsideration. I can’t see getting any change through this congress, or affecting any change as long as those representatives from the states like Iowa are pulling for it to continue in their states and lobbyists are pulling the strings. Do you?.

      • Devey Elise

        I’m trying to understand what you’re asking. Are you asking about the raising of corn for use as ethanol??? Or…???

        • takawalk

          Just your thoughts on current polices requiring a percentage of Ethanol in gasoline. Would you view that as a good thing, or something with more negative than positive out comes?

          • Devey Elise

            I think that producing ethanol is counterproductive. First off, using farmland for anything other than food, in my personal opinion, is silly. Second, the concept of ethanol has it’s heart in the right place…less dependence on oil, right? But the process to actually produce ethanol from corn requires….oil. That machinery isn’t running on solar. Or wind. Or air. Or by magic. So to me it just seems like this big vicious circle of wasted dollars and resources.

          • takawalk

            I agree completely, and it seems to be a prime example of corruption in congress. It has long been know that the benefits for the environment are a net negative.Yet it is rarely talked about.

      • apogee2perogee

        Actually, when one is finished extracting the portion of the corn used to make ethanol, what is left is a great feed for livestock. The feed byproduct is called distiller’s grain and has been used for livestock feed for a long time since it also comes from distilling spirits and beer. It is the failure to consider byproducts that allows some to claim that ethanol has a poor energy leverage. None-the-less, I don’t support mandates. The industry is well on it’s feet and at that point govt. should stop the mandates and subsidies, IMHO.

        • takawalk

          Well I might want to come up to speed on the topic. The point you just made about the byproducts is a example as to why I love discussing things. Sometimes I see a new perspective or fact that needs to be part of my assessment of things.

  • LaFemmeNikitty

    NO. Can I just say that I will only grow my own food from now on if we start importing meat from China? Their idea of “standards” make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Now I need to find clean acreage and bees that haven’t become tainted, as well as find a source for uncontaminated seeds. Can’t even grow your own food safely anymore.

    • HessenBalkan

      Well if you live in a city, a normal neighborhood you are probably not allowed to keep animals for live stock. I’ve heard heard about issues with growing your own vegetables, if you neighbor doesn’t agree you might have problems. To find seeds that are not genetically modified, not easy probably. I think we are all screwed by our governments by now.

      • rg9rts

        Not as difficult as you might think. Stick to heirlooms and you’ll no problem. All tomatoes are GM free.

        • HessenBalkan

          But you can’t just live of tomatoes!
          Meat ok that’s not much of a problem, I avoid most of it anyway.

          • rg9rts

            Heirlooms are not restricted to tomatoes. Avoid hybrids and all corn for starters. My comment on tomatoes refers to the fact that monsanto has not been able to improve on what nature has given us already

          • HessenBalkan

            I didn’t know that, I thought that’s just tomatoes and I didn’t know that monsanto has not been able to manipulate tomatoes yet. I don’t live in the US so it’s a bit easier for me to avoid the GM foods…until now….who knows how long it takes till this will be all here too.

          • rg9rts

            They tried many years ago but like I said nature out did them Tomato hybrids are okay to get since they aren’t manipulated like the gms.

    • rg9rts

      Another HP fan!! Glad to see you here too!

    • rg9rts

      FYI Tech section probably page 5 article on “HP interview” is a reunion place for us exhufs 8500+ comments you might find others you know there.

      • abxnomore

        Can you post the link, please? I can’ find it.

        • rg9rts

          wwwtheepochtimes.com/n3/408297-huffpost-new-comment-system-qa-with-tim-mcdonald-director-of-community/
          If that doesn’t do it go to tech section in header, company news .. Or go to bottom and go to page 9 which has listing of articles

      • LaFemmeNikitty

        Yes I found the Huffpogees but hadn’t seen you until just now. Good to see you! Glad you made it here safely. It kinda feels like Titanic, but there are plenty of lifeboats but not enough flares to tell the passengers where to go :)

        • rg9rts

          Got my tip from a UK fan and she is bailing out too! Much nicer here, I just hope we don’t scare the ET’s. Your avatar looks like my MONSTA except he weighs in at 16 lbs. LOL

          • LaFemmeNikitty

            I *rememba* we had much discussion about your MONSTA :) If everyone bails from HP at the same time and comes here to Epoch, the axis could tilt and irrevocably alter the center of gravity! But that’s
            probably what needs to happen, to right some of the world’s wrongs.

            (You know there are Thanksgiving turkeys that weigh less than 16 lbs, I fear for the gravitational pull with the MONSTA aboard. For balance, have her move from port to starboard so the ship doesn’t capsize, eh?)

          • rg9rts

            And he doesn’t eat meat. I did discover a genetic predisposition in him, although he has no interest in wet food, the sound of a can opener gets his immediate attention.

          • LaFemmeNikitty

            Subliminal suggestions from watching too many cat food commercials, maybe? You know he watches whatever he wants when you’re not home. And with thousands of channels, there is probably a cat food infomercial channel.

          • rg9rts

            Does yours do that too?

          • LaFemmeNikitty

            At every opportunity!

          • rg9rts

            But MONSTA is the fat cat in the neighborhood and has the respect of all the dogs he meets.

          • LaFemmeNikitty

            That invokes a visual about a gigantic cat strutting along the street, with dogs freezing in place and waiting for MONSTA to pass … not even breathing. LOL.

          • rg9rts

            MONSTA is a pound rescue. They told me he doesn’t like dogs. So my riding partner stops by and has to use the head, go ahead I said , he had Dopey a mutt mix about the size of a rottie with him and they both go up stairs. I went just to be safe, MONSTA is on his perch the chair. took one look at dopey his tail went from pencil thickness to the size of a cucumber and (no hissy fit) screamed and launched himself. Then did his best imitation of a lion on a cape buffalo’s back. Dopey didn’t know if he should piss or go blind. I grabbed MONSTA and put him in the bedroom. The dog ran behind Jim and cowered,Jim, noted that he learned a lot of respect for cats since then. About 6 months later same scenario and dopey walks into the apartment looks around and RUNS back outside. Not as dopey as he looks. Best part is that Jim is a braggart, longer lower wider faster cheaper……but when he is bragging about Dopey and I’m there he has to fess up the my cat can beat the snot out of his dog LOL

          • LaFemmeNikitty

            Sing “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” when he comes over but change the name to “MONSTA” :)

  • tense641

    What!!! They’ve even poisoned cat and dog food!

  • HessenBalkan

    Not a surprise just a question of time. A trade agreement between 2 big countries that are ruled by corporations. When will people wake up and realize they don’t give much about health, animal protection or stuff, it’s all about profit for the fat cats.

    • abxnomore

      American’s should boycott chicken from China. I can’t think of anything worse!

      • HessenBalkan

        I think they should but I doubt the meat will be labeled.

        • abxnomore

          If they don’t label the chicken as coming from China that will be a horrible thing to do to the American people. The stuff shouldn’t be allowed in the country to begin with. We have enough poor quality chicken that American big business raises, we don’t need anymore bad quality chicken filled with contaminants from other countries. And why do we need to process chicken in China? Are those jobs not needed in the U.S.??

  • gmb007

    WHY in god’s name would we ever need or want chicken from CHINA???

    What, we dont’ have enough of our own US chickens?

    Didn’t dog chews Made in China just kill a few hundred of our dogs?

    And they want us to eat their chicken??

    If this comes to pass, I will stop eating chicken altogether.

    • rg9rts

      Not a bad choice. Skip all the meats.

  • rg9rts

    Glad I became vegetarian.

  • abxnomore

    Buy local, and eat organic if you can. Do not buy this stuff from China.

  • AskandTell

    And Republicans want to get rid of the FDA. Unregulated food coming from China is a winning platform….not.

    • HessenBalkan

      I don’t think it matters which party is in power, either one has to listen to the big corporations. You will have to agree to some of that already before or you won’t get enough donation to even run for office.

      • Devey Elise

        Amen

      • AskandTell

        There is only one party that is against regulation. Without the FDA, we would be living in a world like mainland China where even baby formula can be deadly.

        • HessenBalkan

          But I think the FDA could be doing much better if they wanted too or if they would be funded better. The Republicans are just honest. The Democrats have nice plans and visions but ultimately can’t do much improvement either. It’s all about the money.

          • AskandTell

            You have a point about improvement. I haven’t heard a Republican discuss improvement or offer solutions; I’ve only heard gutting regulation to provide more corporate profits.

    • morris adams

      AHHHH, there it is. it’s a REPUBLICAN thing! i was wondering how you could contradict yourself, ride both sides and it still make sense to you. anyone asking for links is lazy and retarded. google, GE ships jobs to china,, i’m so confident of what will come up that i have not actually googled it myself. don’t you remember jeffrey imelt being appointed jobs czar and then sending 20k jobs to china, i think to make xray machines? oh yeah, i guess to be CLOSER. you really shouldn’t post.

      • rg9rts

        Remember when the gopee trumpeted that Jeep was moving to China??? The gopee has NEVER done a thing for the common man unless they profited from or or were SHAMED into it.

  • Devey Elise

    So the cost of beef for Americans will go up. We shouldn’t be trading ANYTHING with this country.

    • AskandTell

      If that were the case, wouldn’t the price of chicken be coming down?

      • Devey Elise

        Hardly. Rarely do prices of anything come down unless China drags them down in an attempt to crush it’s competition. In the case of our poultry industry, that might not be hard to do the way our food system is rigged against the actual farmers who raise livestock. Now when we send something to China, it’s always in the way of resources, not anything manufactured. This price jump happened in lumber and building materials. So what happens is, the price for our resources go up…lumber, hay, now beef, etc. which then reinforces OUR needs for ever increasingly cheaper goods. Imagine a world where everything you go to buy is made in China.
        Oh, wait that already happened. Ok apply that model to your grocery cart. What happens when the ONLY chicken you can buy is from China and ground beef is now 15 dollars a pound because so much of OUR home raised beef is shipped to China?

        • AskandTell

          Actually China has brought down the prices of items to the point that US companies have closed. China is the reason prices are quite low at Walmart. Prices rise when there is no competition or collusion between companies which sadly is more of the case today with US companies; and then blame China and other imports for their criminal profiteering.

          • HessenBalkan

            But nobody is forcing the US or other western countries to do business with China. It’s the choices of our governments which are again on a tight rope having to please the corporations. So should we really be mad at China?

          • AskandTell

            As I stated in my post, blaming China is a smokescreen used by US companies.

          • Devey Elise

            I disagree. China has manipulated their currency, they employ tactics like slave labor, and they subsidize US manufacturers directly for moving production to their country. Meanwhile, their allowed to ship mountains of products here for free. US companies at home simply can’t compete with that model.

          • AskandTell

            If China is subsidizing manufacturers (please provide links), they are only following the US model of attracting foreign manufacturers. There has to be a reason for a manufacturer to move operations overseas. The shift to China is more about being closer to customers…China has never had more wealth in their rise. They are the major purchasers of everything from infrastructure to Land Rovers.

            As far as slave labor, Walmart’s employees in China are unionized. I work with our China operations…they have such a strong labor board that companies (especially foreign-based) cannot layoff employees without labor board approval; similar to Canada. The reason that Canada, Mexico, and China are appealing to employers…universal healthcare which lowers overall compensation by 25%.

          • Devey Elise

            Slave labor camps in China are all over the news. I’m not talking about retail stores, obviously I’m talking about manufacturing. Watch a documentary called Death By China. There’s your facts.

          • Oginikwe

            It’s a union that’s not quite really a union:

            As Wal-Mart Swallows China’s Economy, Workers Fight Back:http://prospect.org/article/wal-mart-swallows-chinas-economy-workers-fight-back

            China’s Reforms Leave Labor Unions Behind: http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/chinas-reforms-leave-labor-unions-behind/

          • Devey Elise

            That’s what I just said lol. They’ll put chicken producers here at home out of business if given the chance.

          • morris adams

            yep, i thought i was the smart guy! exactly right. if our chickens are 4$ now, theirs will be 2-3$ and U.S. farmers, who are in no way wealthy, will go belly up. they’ll have to. this is bad for everybody…. except billionaire penny pritzker!!

        • rg9rts

          Sounds like the walmart business plan to me.

  • LaFemmeNikitty

    Not reported here but at cbs online:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wal-mart-shoppers-in-china-foxed-by-tainted-donkey-meat/

    Tainted donkey meat. Coming to a Wal Mart near you in the US … I hope not!


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