What do the Chinese do with the enormous amount of bovine bones they import from Argentina?

Published Jun 23, 2024

Tridge summary

Argentine slaughterhouses have found a surprising market for bovine bones in China, which has led to the discovery of Chinese demand for the product for human consumption, Flavoring stews and making broths. A group of Argentine meat processing plant businessmen and technicians visited a bone processing plant in Shanghai to understand the process firsthand. The bones are portioned based on the order for supermarkets, restaurants, and electronic commercial channels. The Chinese manipulate the product based on the end use, whether for peeling meat or as a flavoring component in traditional Chinese preparations. The visit highlighted the potential for intelligent commercial integration between Argentina and China, which could add value to the product and create hundreds of jobs.
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Original content

With the restriction on exporting frozen meat to China implemented by the government of Alberto Fernández, many Argentine slaughterhouses began to send bovine bones with the purpose of keeping commercial channels “oiled.” To their surprise, they found that Chinese demand was eager for this product that in Argentina is used to produce meat and bone flour, which is used both in feeding chickens and pigs and in the production of balanced food for pets. The most obvious answer is that these bones are used for animal feed. But it is not correct: the Chinese use that refrigerator waste to make broths and flavor stews. It is a product that is 100% intended for human consumption in the Asian nation. To learn more about this, a group of businessmen and technicians from Argentine meat processing plants took advantage of the trip they made last month to SIAL Shanghai to visit a bone processing plant on the outskirts of that Chinese city. There, members of the companies Forres-Beltrán, ...
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