The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) and China’s inspection and quarantine services (CIQA) signed a new agreement on pig and poultry meat exports in mid-November.

The agreement should lead to increased trade in poultry and pig products between the two countries and lays down and a number of procedures covering areas such as: the exchange of information, training programs, periodic meetings, consultations and visits, the exchange of statistics and measures to combat fraud.

Commenting on the agreement, Francisco Turra, executive president of ABPA, said: “China is an established market for Brazilian poultry meat and is of growing importance for the pig sector. Through this co-operation agreement, we want to strengthen our relationship and build China’s trust in Brazil’s pig and poultry exporters.”

ABPA is now hoping to achieve recognition of further pig and poultry meat processing plants, in addition to the 29 poultry processing plants already accredited by China for export.