Serbia will soon be able to export its food to China. Serbian Agriculture Minister, Branislav Nedimovic is going to sing today a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The Memorandum stipulates issuing guarantees relating to safety of food intended for import and export. Prior to initialing the Memorandum, Chinese officials visited several Serbian food companies, including Mitros from Sremska Mitrovica, to see where the food would be coming from.
„Тhe Chinese delegation has visited certain production companies in Serbia and they brought here all the people required to reach an agreement regarding relevant procedures and permits. They said that the standards applied in the companies they had visited were excellent“, the Ministry of Agriculture says.
“The Chinese food market is the biggest in the world. The Memorandum that we are going to sign is important because it guarantees the safety of imported and exported food and it also protects the health of consumers. Ministry of Agriculture is also going to send today to the line Chinese ministry a filled questionnaire that contains risk assessment regarding the export of meat products to China. The questionnaire is a part of the procedure for issuing an export certificate. After they check the questionnaire, the Chinese side is going to send inspectors to those companies which products they are interested in”, the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture explains.
The agreement on importing and exporting is only the beginning. Chinese investors are also interested in acquiring land to build their own processing facilities and export to China. Furthermore, the Serbian officials are going to discuss with their Chinese counterparts the protocols regarding milk, dairy products, and infant formula. Serbia is also interested in exporting other types of meat and pet food to China.
(Vecernje Novosti, 24.04.2017)