China lifts two-decade ban on import of British beef triggered by mad cow fears

China has lifted a ban on importing British beef lasting more than 20 years that was triggered by the “mad cow disease” outbreak, the U.K. government said Wednesday.

“China has today lifted its long-standing ban on exports of beef from the U.K., in a landmark move for British producers estimated to be worth £250 million ($329 million, 284 million euros) in the first five years alone,” said a statement.

The announcement comes two days after China signed a deal to lift a ban on French beef imposed more than a decade ago.

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