(Food Ingredients First)
The United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday 15th June (yesterday) that will increase access to China for more than 200 US dairy exporters in the short-term and paves the way for additional US entrants in the future. The action creates new, sizeable opportunities for dairy farmers and processors, and the milk, cheese, infant formula and ingredients they produce.
After more than two years of extensive effort by the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC), in close cooperation with the National Milk Producers Federation’s policy staff, the US and Chinese governments have reached an accord on dairy trade assurances that will allow more exports from the United States. The dairy organizations worked closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) to implement a workable registration process allowing for trade to continue and even expand in the future.
The MOU formally outlines a process in which third-party certification bodies, on FDA’s behalf, will audit US dairy facilities to make sure they comply with Chinese food safety requirements. There was never a question of US product safety. It was more a question of compliance with regulations between two countries with rigid regulatory systems. Click here to read more.