Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse (Reform) and Vice Minister Mei Kebao signed a protocol on food safety that will make it possible for Estonian dairy producers to export to the Chinese market. Kruuse met Mei Kebao, Chinas’ vice minister responsible for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), on Monday [16 May 2016]. The main objective of the meeting was to achieve an agreement opening the Chinese market to Estonian dairy producers, the minister said…Full Article: Estonian Public Broadcasting May 2016

Key Points

  • In September 2015, Chinese food safety inspectors visited three milk processing companies and a dairy farm in Estonia. Estonia produces twice as much milk as the country consumes.
  • In 2015, Estonian and Chinese officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to food and veterinary monitoring in Beijing.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In August 2014, Russia imposed sanctions on Estonian milk and dairy products. Estonian export milk prices and export volumes have declined as a result.

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