Last year, China imported over £1 billion worth of beef, as domestic consumption rose. Photo credit - Pixabay
A 21 year old BSE ban on British beef in China is set to be lifted.
That's according to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who revealed the news in her recent keynote speech in Beijing.
It follows many years of work by both British and Chinese partners.
For example, Chinese environmental health specialists are understood to have made extensive visits to inspect British farms and processing facilities.
We first reported that British beef could be set to return to Chinese plates in late 2016, following such a visit during which a delegation from the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs met with officials from China at a British farm and abattoir site.
British beef is known around the world for its flavour, texture, and the outstanding quality of premium cuts. However, in the past, the cattle farming industry has been rocked by crises including BSE (more commonly known as 'mad cow disease') and foot and mouth disease.
With these episodes now long in the past, British farmers feel the time is right to be offering their products to China's growing number of consumers who are prepared to pay for outstanding quality.
Last year, China imported over £1 billion worth of beef, as domestic consumption rose.