China officially lifts embargo on Brazilian beef

Brazilian beef soon to be imported into China, again

After two days of negotiations, China officially lifts trade embargo on Brazilian beef and agrees to accelerate the certification process for companies to export beef products.  China officials ban Brazilian beef in December 2012 after an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in Parana state.

The agreement was concluded on Nov. 15 between the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Neri Geller, and the minister of the Agency of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ), Zhi Shuping, sealing announcement in July this year by the President of China, Xi Jinping, to President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil.

"The reopening of this huge market is one more victory from the quality and safety of the animal and plant health protection system in Brazil. Somos um dos maiores produtores e exportadores de carne bovina do mundo, certificado pela Organização Mundial da Saúde Animal (OIE) com o status de risco insignificante para a Encefalopatia Espongiforme Bovina (EEB). We are one of the largest producers and exporters of beef in the world, certified by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) status with negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). A decisão do governo da China é o reconhecimento ao nosso rigoroso processo de produção e de fiscalização”, declara Geller. The decision of the government of China is the recognition of our rigorous process of production and control, "said Geller.

In 2009, when Brazil began its exports, China imported $44 million in beef worldwide.  Of this total, Brazil accounted for $ 2.5 million.  In 2012, China imported from around the world $255 million, of which $37.768 million from Brazil. 

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