The dream of opening the Chinese market to British pig
meat has moved a step closer to reality with technical
agreement on a protocol covering the export trade.
The agreement is the result of a great deal of hard work
by Defra, the Foreign Office, the British Pig Executive
and the industry.
It came about as the result of the visit
by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to China on January 18,
BPEX Chief Executive Mick Sloyan said: "This
is an important further step towards establishing trade
with China and we are looking forward to making further
progress in the near future.
"Next steps will be formal
recognition that Britain is free of FMD and this will be
followed in the coming months by an inspection mission
by the Chinese Quarantine authorities and the authorisation
of individual abattoirs and processing plants.
is the world's largest producer and consumer of pork. It
also has strong demand for parts of the pig less favoured
"China presents an excellent opportunity
to add extra value to the English pig industry, which is
much needed given the ongoing high price of feed."
The Defra statement reads: Technical agreement was reached
on Friday 18th January on a Pig Meat Protocol covering
the export trade in pork and pork products between the
UK and China.
The UK and China have had no previous official
agreement on bilateral trade in pig meat products. The
proposed Protocol will be formally signed by both parties
once the UK has been declared officially free of Foot and
Mouth disease by the World Organisation for Animal Health
(OIE), and China has lifted its ban on exports from the
UK of foot and mouth disease susceptible animals and animal
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