Ireland on Thursday [20 April 2017] announced a significant step in the country’s live crab exports to China following a recent visit by a Chinese delegation. The two countries agreed to an export certificate, which will permit the resumption of crab exports to the Chinese market, according to Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed…Full Article: Apr 2017

Key Points

  • In October 2015, China notified Ireland that some live crab shipments contained high levels of cadmium contamination.
  • In 2010, China granted import access to Irish live (brown) crabs.

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  • Brown crab (Cancer pagurus) is the dominant crab variety/species that Ireland exports globally.
  • In August 2015, Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) banned imports of live crabs from Anglesey Island, Wales, UK, due to high levels of cadmium.

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