China to lift UK pork import curbs ‘when there is evidence pandemic under control in UK’
By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)
April 6, 2021
China will lift its suspension on pork imports from UK plants affected by COVID-19 when there is evidence the disease is under control in the UK, according to a Chinese official quoted in the Financial Times.
The FT has highlighted pig sector’s request to Defra for a COVID support package, including a submission from processors reflecting the significant cost of lost exports to China from plants affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.
The industry estimates 1 million pig carcasses have been affected by the suspension of some exports to the world’s largest pork market.
“Margins in the meat industry are very tight at the best of times,” Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association told the FT...
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English pork processors seek help after China ban
Beijing slow to reinstate imports from meat plants that have suffered Covid outbreaks
Judith Evans in London, Financial Times
Apr 5, 2021
English pork processors are seeking up to £15m of government support after China halted imports of meat, including trotters and pigs’ heads, from plants experiencing coronavirus outbreaks.
The industry estimates 1m pig carcasses have been affected by the suspension of some exports to the world’s largest pork market.
Chinese consumers relish parts of the pig, such as trotters and heads, that are unpopular in the UK, so selling them to China had helped maintain profitability in the UK’s £1.6bn pig sector.
Pork processors and farmers have met regularly with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs this year as part of a new forum called the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group. They have discussed pressures on the industry and the potential for financial support.
Farmers are separately seeking £3.2m to help them deal with the impact of a backlog of pigs on farms because of post-Brexit trade blockages...