EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said Ireland is one of six European countries where Chinese veterinary inspectors are performing an audit this week, and he is hopeful that beef trade with China will resume before the end of the year. “I would be hopeful that our discussions today and the visits by the audit teams this week to various establishments in the European Union this week will yield positive results this year,” Mr Hogan said at a European food promotion event in the Chinese capital, part of a tour of China and Japan…Full Article: The Irish Times Apr 2016

Key Point

  • The six EU countries where Chinese veterinary inspectors are carrying out audits are Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Belgium and Italy.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In January 2016, China (via Shanghai) imported beef from Hungary for the first time.
  • In October 2015, China and Hungary signed a beef trade agreement.
  • In February 2015, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) formally lifted the ban on Irish beef, allowing Ireland to export deboned beef from animals under the age of 30 months.
  • In 2001, China banned beef imports from the European Union (EU) over concerns from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease.

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