01 Jun 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) The export of Namibian beef to China is not yet finalised and awaits approval from that countrys government.
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco)s Senior Communication Officer Undamuje Hambira, in the latest status report on beef exports to China issued on Tuesday, noted that the company has revisited some outstanding issues before the deal could be sealed.
Based on feedback received from the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) in China there were a few issues that Meatco had to address before export could be considered, namely: improving our quarantine record before slaughter; better staff awareness of hygiene; enhancing verification work before recommending enterprises to China; various issues relating to enterprise applications; and improving facilities and identification of mark management, said Hambira in the latest newsletter of Meatco.
Meatco has revisited these issues and reported back to the Chinese government for trade to commence between the two countries.
Meatco is however still awaiting official communication from the Directorate of Veterinary Service (DVS) in terms of the recent statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on the permit granted from China, according to Hambira.
Namibia will be the first African country to export bone-in beef to China and the two countries signed a protocol on veterinary health conditions and quarantine on 03 August 2015 in Beijing, China.
For the purpose of the protocol, beef means the frozen deboned and bone-in meat, excluding head, feet, offal, viscera and other by-products.
The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of the Peoples Republic of China sent a delegation to Namibia for an on-site evaluation of Meatco from 22 to 26 January 2016, following an application to export beef products to that country.
Three local companies, including Meatco, Witvlei Meat and Brukkaros Meat Processors (BMP) are awaiting the approval for beef exports to China.
The Chinese market, as opposed to the European Union (EU), Swiss and Norwegian markets, will allow for the import of bone-in beef, provided that the animals are slaughtered and the beef is processed and certified at an export-approved slaughterhouse or abattoir by the DVS in the line ministry.
The Chinese market is very important to Meatco as it holds many additional opportunities for the marketing of our product range, added Hambira.