Belgium: first shipment of pork to China since the end of the ban

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Published Feb 12, 2024

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China has ended its embargo on Belgian pork, which was imposed in 2018 following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). Despite Belgium being declared ASF-free in 2020, the ban was only recently lifted after years of negotiations between the FAVV Food Safety Agency, and Belgian and Chinese authorities. The resumption of pork exports to China, subject to additional quality requirements, is anticipated to boost turnover and create jobs in the Belgian meat industry.
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This is the first shipment since the recent end of the Chinese embargo, which had been in force since 2018. China suspended imports of Belgian pork in September 2018 due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) that ravaged the country. Although Belgium was officially declared free of the disease in 2020, the import ban remained in place. After years of intense negotiations between the FAVV Food Safety Agency and Belgian and Chinese authorities, China lifted the embargo last month. Shipping pork to China is subject to additional quality requirements. “For example, the Chinese require that meat comes from pigs born and raised in Belgium, and the processing of Belgian export products must also take place in a separate room or at a separate time,” says Joris Coenen of the Belgian Meat Office, who It is part of the Agro-Fishing ...
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