China resumes beef imports from Brazil

27 March 2017

China will resume imports of Brazilian beef, announced the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil, in a statement issued on Saturday in Brasilia.

The statement signed by Minister Blairo Borges Maggi quoted an official Chinese document, according to which the country had decided to fully reopen its market to meat produced in Brazil.

An operation by the Brazilian federal police detected a scheme facilitating permits and irregular monitoring of refrigeration facilities, and also confirmed the use of chemicals to improve the appearance of meat, counterfeit labels with expiration dates and the inclusion of food not fit for consumption in the preparation of sausages.

The minister did say when imports would be resumed, but noted that the reopening of the Chinese market, “attests to the soundness and quality of the Brazilian sanitary system” and “shows the spirit of trust” that exists between the two countries.

The ministry said the only restrictions relate to products from 21 meat processing plants targeted by the investigation which led to this scandal.

China is the second largest buyer of beef in Brazil, with more than US$703 million of imports in 2016, and also ranks second for chicken meat, with imports of about US$859.5 million. (macauhub)