China blocking pork and eggs from Germany

13-01-2011 | | |

The People’s Republic of China has halted the imports of eggs and pork from China from fear of containing too much dioxin, press agency AFP reports.

The border has been closed even for products in which traces of German pork or eggs have been processed. This was made public by the Chinese watchdog for food safety.

The ban has been put in place by January 11. Ships that have left Germany for China, loaded with potentially contaminated products, will not be sent back but will have to be tested for dioxin.

It is unclear how many German companies will be affected by the measure. In 2010, approximately 1% of all german meat exports went to China.

South Korea also temporarilty blocked German pork. Slovakia announced to block eggs and poultry meat from Germany for a while.

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