China Approves Brazilian Swine-Offal Exports as Pig Fever Rages


Tatiana Freitas, Bloomberg

via Yahoo Finance - November 4, 2019


(Bloomberg) -- The ripples from the outbreak of African swine fever in Asia have reached Brazilís offal market.


China, which is boosting meat imports to fill a supply gap after the hog disease decimated half its herd, just approved shipments of swine offal from seven plants in the South American nation, Brazil Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina said Monday. Shipments can begin immediately.


Brazil didnít previously have access to Chinaís swine-offal market, according to Ricardo Santin, a director at the exporter group ABPA. Shipments to the Asian nation could pay at least double compared with exports to Hong Kong, he said. The latter has been the No. 1 destination for supplies from Brazil, according to government figures that are in dollar terms.


ďItís a very relevant news in financial terms,Ē Santin said in a telephone interview.


The new approvals were granted for plants located in Santa Catarina state, which has the highest sanitary status in the nation. The ministry hasnít released the name of the companies included in the move.


BRF SA is said to have one plant among the approved facilities, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The companyís shares rose as much as 2.5%. Rival JBS SA also got a boost.


This year, Brazilís pork exports to China have jumped 38%...


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