China Opens Doors to Columbian Beef07 June 2013
COLOMBIA – Animal health and disease control efforts of the government have been rewarded with the signing of a memorandum of agreement that gives Colombian farmers access to China’s 300 million consumers.
The decision of the Chinese government shows satisfaction at Colombian biosecurity and lifts import restrictions from the last foot and mouth disease outbreak.
“The beef protocol signed by Colombian exporters is a recognition of the country’s health management,” said Estupinan Heredia, Colombian Minister of Agriculture.
Mr Heredia, who signed the agreement with Chinese Minister, Wang Xiaoyuan and other industry figureheads said confidence in Colombian beef is testament to its quality.
Other countries such as Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand and Brazil already have a ‘competitive’ health status. Columbia joins this list.
Another category exists of ‘high quality’ health standards. This list comprises Chile, Canada, Costa Rica and Argentina.
Chinese Minister Sun Dawei stated the protocol was important and a reward for all the hard work done in vaccinating for foot and mouth disease and improving the beef sector.
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