The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said China, the second largest beef importer in the world, "buys about $2.6 billion worth of beef every year," notes Agri-Pulse. "China didn’t import much beef when the country first banned U.S. product after the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered here in December, 2003. But that has changed significantly because of rapidly rising demand in the country."
|Craig Uden, president of National |
Cattlemen's Beef Association
Some critics expressed concern of several outbreaks of avian flu in China and questioned the countries ability "to enforce food-safety standards, given its poor track record," Maria Godoy reports for NPR. There is concern "that if raw Chinese poultry were processed in the U.S., it could potentially contaminate American plants or somehow spread to birds" in the U.S.
Also, China has been accused of selling rat meat as lamb, "oil recovered from drainage ditches in gutters being sold as cooking oil and baby formula contaminated with melamine that sickened hundreds of thousands of babies and killed six," Godoy writes. "In 2014, a Shanghai food-processing factory that supplied international restaurant brands including McDonald's and KFC was caught selling stale meat, repackaged with new expiration dates." In recent months U.S. Department of Agriculture have "traveled to China to train Chinese officials in meat safety."