Brazil: Process of opening China up to Brazilian pork meat moves ahead

28 April 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 28 April – Approval of Brazilian refrigeration centres to export pork to the Chinese market is due to be concluded on the occasion of a visit by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to China on 19 May, a sector official said.

Pedro de Camargo Neto, chairman of the Brazilian Association of Pork Meat Producers (Abipecs), said that the Brazilian ambassador to Beijing, Clodoaldo Hugueney Filho, had had a meeting Monday with the minister responsible for the AQSIQ – General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine – which deals with the approval process of the refrigeration centres.

“That Chinese agency has high levels of bureaucracy and acts slowly and so I expect that the presidential visit might speed up the process,” said the chairman of Abipecs.

China carried out a veterinary mission to Brazil in November 2008 and the Brazilian government gave Beijing detailed information about 24 refrigeration centres that want to be approved.

China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, in the last three years has changed from being an exporter to becoming an importer, as a result of increased consumption and sanitary problems in pig rearing in the country.

In 2008 China imported over 400,000 tonnes of pork from the United States and the European Union. (macauhub)