Suspension of animal imports from China
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CTA. 2002. Suspension of animal imports from China. Agritrade, April 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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On January 15th 2002 the EU Standing Veterinary Committee agreed to a...
On January 15th 2002 the EU Standing Veterinary Committee agreed to a Commission proposal to suspend imports from China of all 'products of animal origin intended for human consumption or for use in animal feed'. This affected imports to the tune of Euro 327 million, mainly honey, rabbit meat, poultry, shrimps and prawns. This followed an EU Food and Veterinary Office inspection visit which found problems with the control of residues and the use of 'banned substances'. This action was taken on the basis of EU regulations from 1995 and 1997 dealing with imports of products from third countries which are likely to constitute a serious danger to human or animal health (directives 97/78/EC and 95/53/EC for animal nutrition.) Comment: The action taken against Chinese exports of animal products needs to be seen against the backdrop of increasingly strict application of EU food hygiene regulations. It remains to be seen whether it will be economic for the Chinese authorities to establish improved control systems and change current production practices in order to comply with EU standards. For ACP countries it highlights the far reaching implications of the stricter application of EU health regulations dealing with imports from third countries.