Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue promotes U.S. beef in China

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, center, ceremonially cuts into a Nebraska prime rib in Beijing, marking the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market. Perdue is joined by Craig Uden, left, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Luan Richeng of state-owned Chinese importer COFCO.
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The Agriculture Department distributed a picture of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and others marking the distribution of the first U.S. beef in China in 13 years, along with a statement on his activities during his trip on June 30.

In a news release, USDA said Perdue joined U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to slice a Nebraska prime rib in a Beijing ceremony on June 30, formally marking the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus. Perdue celebrated the reintroduction of American beef products to China after shipments were halted at the end of 2003 after the discovery of a single case of mad cow disease in the United States.

The return of U.S. beef and beef products is a part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action Plan announced by the Trump administration on May 11, with the first shipment of U.S. beef arriving in China on June 19, according to the USDA.

“Beef is a big deal in China, and I’m convinced that when the Chinese people get a taste of U.S. beef, they’re going to want more of it,” Perdue said in the release. “These products coming into China are safe, wholesome, and very delicious. This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed. We hope there are other things we can cooperate on, and we’re going to use U.S. beef as the forerunner.”

Perdue also held a series of meetings with Chinese government officials, including Vice Premier Wang Yang and Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu, to discuss expanding trade between the United States and China, according to the USDA.

Following the events on June 30 in Beijing, Perdue planned to travel to Shanghai where he will tour a major Chinese supermarket where other American products are offered. ❖