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China’s been blocking Canadian beef for 17 months — and industry has no idea why

A Chinese ban on Canadian beef that industry officials expected would be short-lived remains in place 17 months later, and industry representatives say they remain in the dark about the reasons.

China has been blocking beef shipments from Canadian processing plants ever since an atypical case of BSE, a rare variant of classical BSE (sometimes called mad cow disease), was found on an Alberta farm in December of 2021.

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