China opens up for Parma hams
Chinese customers will be able to eat Parma ham as from January 2007. The
consortium of Parma hams (Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma) has gained entry to
Prior to this admission, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand,
Australia and Lithuania already opened their borders for Parma ham.
Last week the necessary licence was drawn up and confirmed by Ge
Zhirong, Chinese vice president of AQSIQ, the Chinese Administration for
Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
In Europe, Parma ham is a market leader when it comes to air dried ham.
Last year, producers reached a €1.8 billion turnover by producing approximately
10 million hams. Of these, approximayely 1.7 million Parma ham, worth over €500
million, were exported to 60 countries.
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