U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that China intends to re-open the Chinese market to United States pork and live swine, consistent with science-based international standards.
The announcement was made at the conclusion of meetings with Chinese officials at the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). China's intent to remove its H1N1-related ban on U.S. pork marked an important step forward in cooperation between the countries on agriculture issues, said Vilsack.
In 2008, China was the U.S. pork industry's fastest growing market, accounting for $560 million in U.S. exports. China's May 2009 A/H1N1 restrictions have stopped U.S. pork exports to China. In discussions with Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai, Vilsack stressed the need for China to remove all restrictions on trade in pork products related to the H1N1 virus, given clear guidance from international bodies like the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), that there is no risk to humans from consuming properly prepared pork and pork products.
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture