Representatives of the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry are in Beijing as part of a visit to China and Japan with a view to doubling the number of companies certified to export chicken meat to China and pork to both countries, the Brazilian press reported.
According to the reports, secretary for Agri-Livestock Defence, Francisco Jardim, and technicians from the ministry plan to increase from 25 to 50 the number of companies with cold storage systems certified to export poultry meat to China.
The secretary is due to meet Wednesday with officials from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ). The companies now authorised to sell poultry meat to China are located in the Brazilian states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.
As well as pork and poultry, the Brazilian delegation will also deal with the start of shipments of gelatine and tobacco from Bahia state. Only tobacco from Rio Grande do Sul is now authorised and negotiations are underway to recognise Bahia as being free of blue mould, which is a prerequisite for the Chinese market to import the product.
China is the biggest buyer of Brazilian agri-livestock products and in 2010 exports provided revenues of US$11 billion, which represented year on year growth of 23.4 percent.