EU’s lifting of China ban restores confidence

02-12-2008 | |

The lifting of the ban on Chinese meat has given hope that other similar moves may happen. Reports state that the lifting of this ban could lead to similar moves in the US, Russia and the Middle East.

Restore confidence in Chinese exports

“The EU’s move suggests Chinese poultry meat product is safe. It will help restore overseas consumers’ confidence in Chinese exports. It is also good for Chinese firms to boost trade and improve their quality,” said the Chairman of China Bureau of Food Imports & Exports Huo Jianguo.

The EU is known for strict demands for quality in food. Many see the lifting of its ban on Chinese poultry and meat as a positive move for Chinese exporters in this area.

Other regions to follow suit

It has been reported that China is hoping other countries and regions will follow suit. As of now, the US, Russia and the Middle East are still banning exports of Chinese poultry and meat.

China exports up to 100,000 tonnes of poultry and meat to the EU annually, worth around US$1 bln.

Related news item:

EU allows China’s poultry exports

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist