Meatco has made several improvements to prepare its factory for the first beef exports to China, but is still awaiting an official communique from the Directorate of Veterinary Service in terms of the recent statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on the permit granted from China to export beef to that country. With that, Namibia became the first country in Africa to qualify for beef-in-bone exports to China…Full Article: AllAfrica June 2016

Key Points

  • From 22 to 26 January 2016, Chinese officials from Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) inspected Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) facilities in Windhoek, central Namibia. After the visit, CNCA officials stated that Meatco still had to meet certain food safety criteria before exports can commence.
  • Namibia’s Meatco plans to export frozen boneless and bone-in beef to China, and hopes to secure approval for vacuum-packed fresh chilled beef and offal in the future.
  • According to Namibia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Namibia annually produces approximately 60,000 MTs of beef, with 20,000 MTs exported to Europe and South Africa.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2015, Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) signed an agreement on beef export protocols. As a result, Namibia could export frozen bone-in beef to China from MAWF certified abattoirs that are food-and-mouth free (historically) and whose cattle can be traced back its ranch of origin.
  • In April 2014, Hong Kong officials planned to inspect Namibian beef and antelope meat producers as a precursor to potential import approval. Namibia was not only looking to export high-end products such as steaks, but also low-end offal products.
  • In September 2013, Namibia’s Minister of Trade and Industry stated that Namibia and China could enter into joint ventures that focus on meat processing.
  • Headquartered in Windhoek, central Namibia, Meat Corporation of Namibia operates four abattoirs, with two having been approved for EU export. Its other two abattoirs, located in northern Namibia, supply the South African market.

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