China expected to approve imports of pork meat from Brazil

2 December 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2 Dec – A mission from China was in Brazil last week in order to look into the possible liberalisation of Brazilian pork meat exports to China, the Brazilian press reported in Sao Paulo.

The members of the mission, who visited 13 refrigeration facilities, are expected to approve imports of meat from 25 Brazilian companies, the press reports said.

Animal health conditions at the 25 producers had previously been assessed and approved, with only inspection of refrigeration units required, and thus the ban on pork exports from Brazil to China is expected to be lifted.

According to Brazil’s Ministry for Agriculture, Farming and Supply, China has approved 25 refrigeration facilities and a further 41 are under analysis for exports of poultry.

In relation to beef, China, which has authorised imports from just four Brazilian refrigeration facilities, with a further 14 being analysed, imported just 1,279 tons of beef from Brazil between January and October.

In the same period, the biggest imported of beef from Brazil was Hong Kong which purchased 77,500 tons worth US$206.6 million, according to figures from the Brazilian Meat Exporting Industry Association (Abiec). (macauhub)