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Two subsidiaries of Chinese pig producer and pork processorWH Group have been given clearance to export pork to Russia. Russia’s decision
to open trade with China puts an end a ten-year ban on Chinese pork.
According to aChina Topix report, Russia’s federal service
for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance has officially approved shipments
of frozen pork from WH Group’s Shuanhui Beidahuang Food Co. and Heilonjiang
Baoquanling Shuanghui Food Industry Co. to come into Russia.
“Our two companies are stepping up manufacturing of frozen
port products to satisfy demand from Russian importers,” said WH Group
spokesperson Liu Jintao.
An agreement was reached in August between Russian and
Chinese officials that would allow five Chinese companies – including the two
WH Group subsidiaries -- to export meat products into Russia.
Russia had been looking at markets to ship pork
and other meat products into the country after it on August 6 imposed a ban on
agricultural and food products from the United States, the European Union,
Canada, Australia and Norway. Included in that ban are products from another WH
Group subsidiary,Smithfield Foods. WH Group in September 2013 acquired the
U.S.-based Smithfield Foods, which at the time was the world’s largest pig
producer and pork processor.