Talks took place last week in Beijing between German and Chinese veterinarians to intensify cooperation aiming for market penetration of German pigmeat and other meat products into the Chinese market, according to an article by the German Meat Association (Verband der Fleischwirtschaft e.V. – VDF).
An entry into the Chinese market is not foreseeable in the short term though. Yu Taiwei, general director of the Chinese General Administration of Quality supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), indicated clearly that the Chinese are awaiting results of reports about the foot and mouth situation and food safety in Germany before proceeeding further. An inspection of German meat export companies will also be necessary.
From the German side, the delegation led by Chef Vet Professor Dr Zwingmann, emphasised the fact that Germany is recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as now being completely free of foot and mouth disease among the general pig population. Dr Wille of the German delegation, explained the situation regarding foot and mouth among wild pigs and measures to combat it.
Her colleague, Dr Harstick of the VDF, presented the structure of pig production in Germany and the potential for pigmeat exports. She also invited the representatives of the AQSIQ to visit pig production facilities in Germany to see the high standards of quality at first hand
On November 26, a memorandum of understanding is to be signed in Beijing between both parties: State Secretary Dr MÃ¼ller and Professor Zwingmann will travel to Beijing.
A second meeting with the Chinese Chief Vet Jia Youling is to take place shortly. He will present the foot and mouth situation in China.
The German Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) believes that this memorandum is vital for a successful entry into the Chinese market for pigmeat. However, it has been acknowledged that the Chinese will insist on a long diplomatic procedure in the meantime. The road to China is long yet.
â€¢ Verband der Fleischwirtschaft (in German)