France says China accepts regional approach to disease and pig trade


PARIS, December 13 (Reuters) – France has signed an agreement with China to ensure the continued trade in pork even in the event of an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, a breakthrough for European countries threatened by the disease porcine, the French government said on Monday.

ASF, fatal for pigs but harmless to humans, is not present in France but has spread across Europe, particularly affecting wild boars in Belgium near the French border.

The deal, which takes effect immediately, means China would allow pork exports from unaffected areas of France even if cases occur elsewhere in the country, France’s economy and agriculture ministries said in a statement.

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“This agreement is the first of its kind to be signed by China in favor of a country of the European Union. It is therefore a model and herald of future agreements with other sectors and countries”, declared the minister. French from Agriculture, Julien Denormandie.

The agreement was signed during bilateral economic talks chaired by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua, the statement said.

General meat trade bans imposed by China and other importing countries due to outbreaks of African swine fever and other diseases, such as avian influenza, have regularly disrupted exports from China’s export areas. livestock in Europe and the Americas.

Germany is also in talks with China over a regional approach after wild boar has spread ASF in the east of the country since last year. Read more

China has blocked pork trade with Germany, one of the EU’s biggest suppliers, causing price volatility and European exports. Read more

Bird flu, commonly referred to as bird flu, is another disease for which exporting countries have sought an approach to regionalize China in trade.

The United States has entered into a regionalization agreement covering bird flu as part of its Phase 1 trade agreement with Beijing.

France, like other European countries, has detected outbreaks of avian flu in recent weeks. Read more

French poultry exports to China have been subject to a total ban since late last year, when a previous wave of bird flu began, agricultural agency FranceAgriMer said.

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Reporting by Gus Trompiz, Leigh Thomas and Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris, Dominique Patton in Beijing and Michael Hogan in Hamburg; edited by Sybille de La Hamaide and Barbara Lewis

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