A trading company in Beijing has been given the green light to commence imports of live Australian cattle for slaughter, with the first shipment due at the end of January, in time for the consumption rush at Chinese New Year.
Chinese breeder and processor Shennong has announced plans to use imports of American breeding pigs to expand its packaged meat presence in one of China’s least developed but fastest growing consumer markets.
A leading Chinese livestock and meat processing firm wants to tap supply of cattle from south-east Asia, with a cattle quarantine and slaughtering hub planned for the city of Ruili, on the border with Myanmar.
Worries over cold chain integrity and food safety in the imported meat business have arisen in China, where authorities are seeking to trace the origins of a shipment of Danish pork found in a city dump.
White House representative Sean Spicer has confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump did discuss expanding beef exports, amid rumours China has relaxed restrictions on US beef.