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China authorizes imports of pork fat from Brazil

Minister Tereza Cristina visits four Asian countries

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The Chinese government has authorized the export of pork fat from Brazil, said the president of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, on his Twitter account today.

“To address a gap in demand left by swine fever, the Chinese government has authorized pork exporters in Brazil to also ship the animal’s edible fat.” The measure meets a request made by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) wrote the CEO Francisco Turra.

Bolsonaro added that, according to the entity, the by-product has market value higher than traditional meat. “By the end of 2019, China may have a supply deficit of 1 million to 2 million tonnes in pig processing. We can make a lot of progress in this sector,” he said.

Visit to Asia

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, with the outbreak of African swine fever attacking the Chinese herds, Brazil wants to expand the supply of meat to China, which is the largest producer and consumer of pork protein in the world.

The ministry estimates that the Asian country has lost about 30% of pig herds as a result of the disease.

From tomorrow (6), the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina, along with entourage, begins a 16-day trip to four Asian countries – Japan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

According to the Ministry, Brazil has 79 plants of refrigerators with the possibility of being qualified to export to China. On a visit last year, Chinese technicians inspected 11 refrigerators. Of these, one was disapproved, and ten had to provide additional information. Now, the Chinese have asked Brazil to list the establishments authorized to sell to the European Union, which total 33.

In addition to this list, the Brazilian delegation will carry data on inspected establishments, but which are not authorized for the European Union; a list of pig producers qualified for other demanding markets such as the United States and Japan and producers of cattle, poultry and asinines qualified for other demanding markets with the exception of the European Union.

Japan

During the trip to Asia, the minister will also discuss with the Japanese authorities the opening of the market for genetic material, avocados, stabilizers, meat extract and beef. In China, there will also be debate on the export of products from genetically modified organisms, orange juice, new technologies, melon, sanitary status of Brazilian products and dairy companies.

During the visit, the minister will participate in the G20 Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture, to be held in Niigata, Japan, on May 11, and will meet with officials from other countries, as well as Asia.

With the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia, for example, Tereza Cristina intends to treat soy, fish, flour and wheat.

In Vietnam and Indonesia, the idea is to open for the sale of live cattle, flour and melon.

About 100 businessmen, parliamentarians and representatives of producer associations are members of the delegation.

The cost of the trip will be borne by each member, said Tereza Cristina.