China has drawn up food safety standards on residue limits of growth hormones in beef, a move seen as a further step towards opening up its market.
Initial negotiations between the U.S. and China regarding beef exports have been favorable, according to a USDA under-secretary for farm and foreign agriculture services.
The agency plans to retain the current standard.
Deal paves way for more trade negotiations in coming months.
Much confusion and concern often surrounds the use of hormones in beef production.
USDA published details for traceability of American meat.
Excitement abounds for new beef market access in China, but qualified supplies remain tight. Beef leaders say full access to market channels will take time to develop.