Some Chinese beef importers are cautious about the possible removal of restrictions on buffalo imports from India, saying they lack confidence in the quality of the Indian meat compared with beef from other countries like Australia. Domestic companies reacted on Thursday [19 January 2017] to recent media reports that China had agreed to import buffalo meat from India, stating that while the imports may be cheaper than those from Australia or Japan, the Indian meat is of lower quality…Full Article: Jan 2017

Key Point

  • According to a representative of India’s Ministry of Commerce, a Chinese quality inspection team has cleared 14 Indian abattoirs to export beef (buffalo) to China. In India, buffalos are generally used by the dairy industry (raw milk production) and as beasts of burden. In China, buffalo meat cannot be used for hotpot, with dried beef (jerky) products being the only processing that it can undergo.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In October 2016, Indian buffalo meat was reportedly undercutting Australian beef exports to Indonesia due primarily to its cheaper price.
  • Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia Region, Inner Mongolia Kerchin Cattle Industry is a beef producer/distributor whose product line includes frozen beef, offal, beef sausage/patties, and dried jerky snacks. In 2009, the company opened a beef processing factory in Nanyang, Henan Province.

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