New pork processing regulations in China
Zhongpin Inc., a leading meat and food processing
company in the People's Republic of China, says the Chinese government has
issued new regulations designed to promote the modernization of the pork
processing industry, PR Newswire reports.
Under the new regulations, effective August 1, 2008, hogs can only be
slaughtered by certified processors. In order to become certified, processors
must meet national standards regarding abattoir facilities and equipment, water
quality, environmental protection and inspection and quarantine.
Certified facilities must have an animal epidemic prevention
certificate, and separate equipment and areas for pollution-free treatment of
ill hogs. In addition, abattoir technicians must have legal health certificates
and inspectors must pass a pork product quality inspection examination.
Those processors that do not currently meet the new regulations must
either become compliant or cease processing pork, with certain exceptions for
farmers in remote and rural areas. The new regulations also prevent local
governments from restricting the sale of hog products from quarantined and
certified facilities outside of the local market.
â€¢ Zhongpin Inc
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