Brazilian meat: China suspends embargo
Alarm returned after a case of mad cow disease, on the eve of the Lula-Xi meeting
Brazilian meat can be imported into China again. The alarm therefore returns after the detection of a case of mad cow disease a few weeks ago in the Latin American country. This was announced by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, precisely on the days when Minister Carlos Favero is visiting Beijing accompanied by a delegation of entrepreneurs from the agri-food sector.
A strong signal from both governments. In fact , Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva will travel to Beijing next week, about to be received by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping .
The suspension of the import of Brazilian meat was ordered by Beijing in February, following the discovery of an infected cow in the Amazon. Later, however, a Canadian laboratory specified that it was a non-contagious case. The lifting of this embargo is not minor news in the context of world agri-food trade: China is in fact the main buyer of Brazilian meat and cereals and Brazil's first trading partner with an annual trade value of around 150 billion dollars.
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