China has announced that it is imposing a ban on imports of British beef following the confirmation of a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in England last month.
The single case of classical BSE was confirmed on a farm in Somerset, England, on 17 September.
China confirmed earlier this week that the ban came into effect from 29 September and will apply to British beef from cattle under 30 months of age.
However, China had not restarted buying beef from the UK after agreeing in 2019, to lift a ban that it imposed during the mad cow disease of the 1980s.
There have been five cases of confirmed BSE in the UK since 2014. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the cases were in animals that posed no risk to the public as they had not been destined for the human food chain.