Standard Way to Trace Livestock Needed, Experts Say | National News

Standard Way to Trace Livestock Needed, Experts Say | National News

Eric Englert

US News and World Report

In June, China reapproved U.S. beef imports, but said tracing livestock to the birth farm is an important part of stricter import rules. For cattle born and slaughtered in the U.S., the new Chinese rules say the cattle must be individually identified with a tamper-resistant ear tag that has a unique number. It may be an electronic ID, a radio frequency identification or a program-compliant visual tag, but the unique numbers must be accessible by the USDA in order to determine compliance.

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