China lifts its import ban on animal products from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom

China has confirmed that it is lifting its import ban introduced 4 years ago on bovine & ovine genetic material from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom due to Schmallenberg virus.

The decision – preceded with joint efforts of various Commission services and EU Member States – was announced by the Chinese Minister of Agriculture Minister HAN Changfu during the visit of EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan to China this week. The decision was announced by the Chinese Minister of Agriculture Minister HAN Changfu. The Commission welcomes the lifting of this ban that should allow now for real trade starting to take place rapidly and looks forward to seeing China opening its market for these safe products from the rest of the EU in the near future.

In May 2012, China introduced an import ban on imports of bovine semen, bovine embryo, ovine semen and ovine embryo produced after 1 June 2011 from several EU countries, referring to an alleged risk of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) which can cause birth defects and stillbirths in cattle, sheep, and goats. This measure went beyond the international standards set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which considers that the virus does not meet the OIE requirements for setting an international standard, meanings therefore that trade measures for this disease are not required.

(Source: DG Sante website)

Turin 16th-17th November 2015: US Business Forum – The Food Marketing in the US

To help businesses and professionals juggling in the difficult landscape of compliance and of export licenses issues, the Chamber of Commerce of Turin has organized a focus of two days dedicated to the US market.

The program includes, in the first day the 16th November, the involvement of a number of qualified American speakers, who will be personally present in Turin, to cover a large series of general themes and issues that affect the companies interested in this market.

The next day, November 17th, which I will participate as a speaker, it will be organized by the Turin Chamber of Commerce Chemical Laboratory and it will be dedicated to an intensive training on food export.

The food products export in the US requires preliminary verification of the requirements and regulations applicable to labeling, but also hygiene and food safety prescriptions has to be met. These requirements are widely different from those provided in the EU and must be respected for customs clearance and market products. The context in which the entrepreneur is operating is extremely complex and the competent authorities are different, depending on whether it relates to plant products or animal products.

There will be also an interesting session about food defense, held by Franco Aquilano of IsevenServizi, my trusted technical partners.

Here, you can find the complete program.