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Danish Minister in China extends oyster invitation and signs food and panda agreements

14.06.2017  03:12

On Friday, 5th of May, Danish Minister of Environment and Food Dr. Esben Lunde Larsen held a press conference at the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing, during which he elaborated on the newly signed agreements on food and agriculture between Denmark and China. The Minister also answered questions about the Danish “oyster frenzy” in China.
During his visit, the Minister signed the agreement on cooperation of promoting giant panda conservation, paving the way for the two giant pandas arrival in Denmark next year. Two other food-related agreements on exporting heat treated pork to China and on cooperation in the field of organic foodstuff were also signed.
“Denmark is strongly committed to promoting free trade, and China has shown willingness to maintain the global free trade system. For Danish companies in the environment and food area it is important with free trade across borders. This is also a cornerstone on which Denmark has built its economic success,” says Minister Dr. Esben Lunde Larsen.
On Thursday, the Minister witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural food between COFCO and the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing. This agreement will allow COFCO to import more dairy and pork products, especially organic food, from Denmark to meet the growing demand for high-end food products in China.

The Minister also launched the China-Denmark Food and Drug Regulatory Cooperation Centre, a bilaterally established body aimed at safeguarding the health and safety of consumers in the use of food and drugs (including medical devices, etc.), and encouraging information exchange and bilateral cooperation on the regulation. It is an important and strategic part of the long-term, friendly bilateral relationship between the two countries.
On official level, Minister Larsen met Chen Jining, Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection. The two ministers exchanged ideas on key environmental issues in bilateral cooperation. The Minister also had a meeting with Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, the two ministers decided to forge closer cooperation in water management sector.
On the question of Danish oysters, the Minister was positive in regards to the Chinese response to the Danish oyster-frenzy.
“The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food is aware that Danish oysters got popular attention over the past week in China. There’s no oyster-agreement today, but if it is something that is demand from the Chinese public, it is something that we from Danish side is interested in discussing,” said the Minister.

“It is important that the relevant food authorities in both countries agree on the trade issues not to mention the food safety issues. If Chinese citizens are really hungry for the oysters before an agreement, you are of course also welcome to come to Denmark and taste them there.”

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