China has lifted the ban on Brazilian beef and pledged to speed up the certification process for companies to export the product, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said in Brasilia Saturday.
The confirmation of the end of the embargo, which was prompted by a case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob (mad cow disease) in the Brazilian state of Paraná, came after meetings between representatives of the two countries in Beijing, the capital of China.
Brazilian minister Neri Geller noted, according to the official statement, that Brazil currently has an insignificant risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
“The decision of the Chinese government is recognition of the rigorous process of production and inspection,” said the Agriculture Minister.
In 2009, the year that Brazil started exports, China imported US$44 million in beef, and US$2.5 million of which was meat produced in Brazil.
In 2012 China increased beef imports to US$255 million, of which US$38 million was from Brazil and in 2013 Chinese beef imports soared to US$1.3 billion.
In the same statement, the Ministry of Agriculture also said the two countries had signed protocols for Brazilian exports of tobacco and pet food. (macauhub/BR/NC)