The Agriculture Ministry informs that on March 16 Romania received a letter from China’s State Authority for the Supervision of the Certification and Accreditation Process, informing the Romanian side that the registration of SC Smithfield Romania SA, a Romanian pig company, has been approved. Thus, after it is listed on the website of the Chinese Sanitary Veterinary Authority, the company can start exporting frozen pork to China.
“China’s decision to import pork from Romania represents a great achievement for the Romanian economy, considering that ever since we came to power in 2012 we have made sustained efforts along with the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority in order to open the possibility of pork exports on a market as important as the Chinese market. As a result of our overtures, today we can talk about a concrete step taken by Romania in the direction of the sustainable development of Romanian agriculture through exports. For us this has been an absolute priority. Consequently, I consider the opening of exports on the Chinese market an extraordinary opportunity for Romania,” Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Daniel Constantin stated.
We remind our readers that the Romanian Agriculture Ministry and the Romanian Sanitary Veterinary Authority were engaged in substantial bilateral cooperation overtures in the agriculture and food industry domain with their Chinese counterparts in 2012-2013, overtures that resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on animal health and food safety on 6 June 2014. The Memorandum clarifies the technical aspects of the Romanian-Chinese cooperation in the sanitary-veterinary, food safety, meat and meat products control and inspection domain.