Swine fever in China creates an opportunity for Brazilian exporters

7 May 2019

The outbreak of African swine fever in China and the resulting slaughter of the affected animals has led the government of the country to authorise imports of edible pork fat from Brazil, reported the Brazilian press.

The information, released by President Jair Bolsonaro on his Twitter feed, said the Chinese government had authorised pork exporters in Brazil to also ship the edible fat of the animal, in order to make up the lack of the product as a result of the swine fever outbreak.

“The measure comes in response to a request presented by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA),” the president wrote, citing the association as saying that pork fat has a higher market value than traditional meat.

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply estimate that China has lost about 30%t of the pigs in the country as a result of the swine fever outbreak, which creates an opportunity for Brazilian producers to increase their exports to China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork.

The Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina, on Monday, started a 16-day tour of four Asian countries – Japan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia, with about 100 business people, parliamentarians and representatives of producer associations.

In China, the minister will discuss issues related to the export of genetically modified products, orange juice and melon, and others, with the local authorities.

Brazil has 79 cold stores authorised to export pork to China, and the country’s authorities recently asked the Brazilian Ministry for a list of those authorised to sell to the European Union, which total 33. (Macauhub)