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China opens its doors to processed pig meat from Denmark

A historic trading agreement between Denmark and China paves the way for imports of processed pig meat from Denmark to China.

The historic signing ceremony earlier this month took place in the presence of Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Denmark is one of the first countries in the world to secure an agreement of this type with China largely because of its high food safety standards. Since the Chinese are particularly alert to the food scandals that have hit a number of countries, including China, Danish products with high food safety standards are likely to prove popular in the country.

”We regard the agreement as a great tribute to Danish agriculture,” says Karen Hækkerup, CEO, Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC). "This is the first time for China to make an agreement with another country as regards imports of processed pork. Preliminary estimates put the value at DKK 250 million per year (around GBP 25 million). But when we take into account how popular Danish products have become with the Chinese over the past few years, the figure could be much higher."

Last year, Denmark’s fresh pig meat exports to China amounted to around DKK 4 billion (around £465 million). This year, DAFC expects exports to rise to DKK 5 billion, which will make China the largest market for Danish pig meat exports by far.