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China lifts petfood import ban

China lifts petfood import ban

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China announces that exported canned compound pet food (wet food) will not be affected by bird-related disease outbreaks and will be permitted to be exported to China.

The list also includes exported pet snacks and other pet food commercially sterilised canned products of avian origin, with this change applying to these exported pet food products going forward.

So far, 19 countries have been allowed to export finished pet food products or raw materials to China including Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy and the United States.

In addition to the new policy on wet pet food of avian origin, manufacturers of exported pet snacks will not need to apply for the registered license issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

“Raw materials of animal origin of specific products are subject to dynamic restrictions in the list of prohibited animals and their products from countries and regions with animal epidemics (except canned pet food commercially sterilised of avian origin),” reads an official statement from the General Administration of Customs.

“After moderate sterilisation, canned food does not contain pathogenic microorganisms or non-pathogenic microorganisms that can reproduce in it at normal temperature. Such a condition is called commercial sterility,” adds the administration, specifically in relation to commercial sterilisation concerns.

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