The Chinese authorities are considering giving 19 cattle slaughterhouses, nine poultry processing facilities, one swine slaughterhouse and one donkey slaughterhouse in Brazil permission to export their output to China, Reuters reports, citing the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporting Industries and the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein.
The news agency quotes Brazilian Association of Meat Exporting Industries Executive Director Liège Nogueira as saying: “There is great expectation, as demand exists and sales to China are relevant to [the] results of any meatpacker.”
Ms Nogueira said the Chinese authorities had yet to finish examining the fitness of Brazilian cattle slaughterhouses to export beef to China.
The report quotes Brazilian Association of Animal Protein Director Ricardo Santin as saying an announcement of permission to export had been expected this month, during a visit to China by Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias.
The minister’s visit however has been put back to next month, Reuters says.