Germany and China agree over pork exports
The German Agriculture Ministry announced on Monday
that officials have signed an agreement enabling the export of German pork to
The deal comes at a time when relations between both nations have cooled
somewhat since China had protested against the Dalai Lama's visit to Berlin last
Agriculture secretary, Dr Gerd MÃ¼ller, who signed the agreement, stated that
he is "optimistic that breakthrough in relations will be achieved next year.
Perhaps visitors at the Olympics next year will be eating German sausage".
Under the terms of the agreement, closer cooperation in safety and tracing
foodstuff origin is provided for, as well as information exchange regarding
animal diseases and quarantine.
Currently, most of the agricultural
trade between the two countries is made up of Chinese exports totalling €1.1b
yearly compared to a 'meagre' €80m from Germany.
China is anxious that the ban imposed in 2000 on account
of an FMD
outbreak on imports of Chinese
'cheap pig products' such as pig ears be lifted.
The Chinese market is very attractive for German pig
producers because of recent outbreaks of blue ear disease
and related drops
in pig production . "In view of this scenario, such an agreement between China
and Germany is very positive," said Dr MÃ¼ller.
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer
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