Dongeejiao Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, whose major product is ejiao, a traditional Chinese health improvement product, signed an agreement with Shandong Lvbang catering company to launch two food brands, donkey flesh hotpot and donkey flesh steamed stuff bun. Dongeejiao’s products are made of donkey leather, which is regarded as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine, and it can help with nourishing and moistening body dryness, and treat with blood deficiency…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2015

Key Point

  • Currently, China has a market demand of 10 million donkey skins/leather annually.
  • From 1954 to 2013, China’s donkey population declined from 12.7 million heads to 6.03 million heads.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Donkey skins/hides are often used in the production of “ejiao”, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) product that reportedly improves blood circulation and overall energy. Ejiao, aka E-gelatin, originated in Dong E county, Shandong province.
  • From 2000 to 2013, China’s donkey (e.g. asses) population has declined from 9.3 million heads to 6.3 million heads. Only Ethiopia had more, with an estimated 7 million heads in 2013.

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