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Guaranteed traceability of all frozen imported foods in Beijing 

Guaranteed traceability of all frozen imported foods in Beijing 
Photo: Global Times

The Beijing Cold Chain Food Traceability Platform has expanded to include all imported foods stored below or at zero degrees Celsius. Consumers can use the WeChat social media app to scan tracking codes in stores and find product information relating to safety and traceability, entry inspection and quarantine certificates, Covid-19 test results, and disinfection certificates.

The measures will go some way to assuaging consumer fears about imported foods after scares relating to Covid-19 associated with imported frozen products, including frozen vegetables, frozen fruits and frozen fruit juices. 


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Xinfadi Market reopens in Beijing

Xinfadi Market reopens in Beijing
Source: Xinhuanet


Beijing’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market reopened on 15 August, two months after it was shut down in response to a Covid-19 outbreak. According to a report by Xinhua, only one section of the market will reopen initially, accounting for about 60% of normal transaction volumes for fruit and vegetables, while the remaining sectors are scheduled to resume business before 10 September.

The market, which provides around 70% of Beijing’s vegetables, was closed on 13 June, with 335 confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to infections in the market. No further confirmed cases have been linked to the market since early July.

Zhou Xinchun, executive deputy head of Fengtai District, said in a press briefing new measures will be introduced to help prevent future outbreaks. One major step is that the market will cease its retail business, closing its doors to individual consumers and sellers and buyers will be required to complete authentication before entering the market for transactions.

A 1,000m2 vegetable market has been set up outside the wholesale market to meet the demands of nearby residents. Traders must register information on their farm produce and the market will pilot electronic trading to ensure that all the commodities and transactions are traceable. Other hygiene and safety measures such as once a day disinfecting and temperature checks will also be implemented.

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China Great Wall International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (GIE)

September is the month of the China International Fresh Produce Conference

China Great Wall International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (GIE) is an international exhibition company ratified by the Ministry of Commerce of the P. R. China, established in Nov., 1995, with the qualification of holding economic and trade exhibitions both in China and overseas.

The business scope of GIE includes organization of exhibitions in China, organization of Chinese enterprises to exhibit or to inspect abroad, management of large-sized conferences, design, construction as well as decoration for exhibition projects.

Regarding the initiation of self-owned brand exhibition as her core business, GIE has sponsored or managed quite a number of self-organized exhibitions in China, which cover many industry fields. So far, the world brand exhibitions initiated by GIE include China International Pet Show (CIPS), Hortiflorexpo IPM, World Dairy Expo China, China International Fruit & Vegetable Trade Fair (China FVF), Int’l Pot Plant & Garden Expo (IPGEXPO), Petday China, Asia-Pacific Aquiculture Expo, etc.

Over the past two decades, GIE has organized Chinese enterprises to participate in international exhibitions in over 30 countries and areas in America, Europe, Asia,

Africa and Oceania.

With the purpose of “Inviting foreign enterprises to China, Organizing Chinese enterprises to go abroad”, guided by the principle of “High Quality and Efficiency for Co-Development”, and with the spirit of “Sincerity, Gratitude, High-Efficiency, Win-Win”, GIE will continue to build up a bridge between your entity and the market! 

China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair (China FVF 2019)

Sept. 9 – 10, 2019 Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace, China. 

This convention+conference offers a platform where policy makers from China, embassy representatives from major produce trade nations, professional associations and industry executive get together, share information, exhibit new products, meet clients, social network, discuss solutions and make deals. China FVF is a modest sized but high profile event. Business executives have their voices directly heard by the Chinese government inspection officials. They also get the latest updates in the entry-exit inspection procedures and policies.

If you are looking at the huge China market, China FVF is the right event to attend! If you are looking for protocols for your products to enter China, China FVF is the only event that you can exhibit samples (either with or without protocols) & meet AQSIQ officials, who issue protocols.If you are looking for protocols for your products to enter China, China FVF is the only event that you can exhibit samples (either with or without protocols) & meet AQSIQ officials, who issue protocols.

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Italy boosts its links with China

Freshfel Europe and CIQA workshop in Beijing with the participation of CSO ITALY, ASSOMELA, ORANFRIZER and FRUITIMPRESE for a common project for the development of trade relations between Italy and China

Excellent results for the workshop organized by Freshfel Europe and the China Entry & Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) in Beijing, aiming to create a shared knowledge base for future trade relations, to understand respective production systems, and above all to and explore the four basic pillars for trade between the two countries—market access, phytosanitary policies and requirements, food safety policies and requirements, and specific procedures for various products.

The format of the workshop, particularly effective and highly appreciated, focused on all the major themes regarding trade between Europe and China, with bilateral presentations followed by discussions, and with contributions from Woo Huao, director of the AQSIQ Biosecurity Division, Jerome Lepeintre, head of the Agricultural Section of the EU Delegation to China, and Ms Li Li, director of the Economic Crop Division of the Chinese Agricultural Ministry.

Italy presented an overview of the current situation for kiwifruit, apples, pears and citrus fruits as part of the Business Case session, dedicated to businesses and problems in trade relations.

“We had the opportunity,” declared Simona Rubbi, CSO ITALY’s officer for the opening of new markets, “to present a clear and analytical outline of the situation for exports of Italian produce to China, with the excellent performance of kiwifruit in general and the growth in particular of yellow kiwifruit, and the great potential for the development of the market for pears, apples and citrus fruits.”

“With regard to citrus fruits,” said Salvo Laudani, Oranfrizer’s Marketing Manager and president of Fruitimprese Sicilia, “we clearly described the current situation, asking for the agreement between China and Italy signed in January 2016 to be applied to the campaign now in progress, and for the agreement to be extended to include the possibility in future of transporting citrus fruits not only by sea but also by air or rail. This opening is vital to guarantee the arrival of products of excellent quality, and I’m convinced that the Beijing workshop offered us a great opportunity in this area.”

In the sector of apples and pears, it was highlighted that in March 2015, the Italian ministry sent an official communication to the Chinese authorities requesting the official opening of export negotiations, but that no reply has yet been received.

“We took the occasion of the workshop,” said Giulia Montanaro of Assomela, “to stress the desirability of starting joint negotiations for both apples and pears with the greatest urgency.”

The Italian delegation highly appreciated the presence and concrete support offered by First Secretary Enrico Berti and Raffaella Danielato of the Economic and Trade Department of the Italian Embassy in Beijing, and also of the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Policies.

In addition, the representatives of the six countries participating in the mission clearly reiterated the need for EU-led negotiations, despite China maintaining once again that discussions must be pursued independently by each EU member state.

In overall terms, the Freshfel Europe workshop achieved its aims, highlighting the opportunities offered by an immense market, but above all the need to adopt an approach of constant discussion and exchange with the Chinese authorities to ensure an even fuller understanding of the production methods, plant defence techniques and transport and logistics systems of the Italian fruit and vegetable sector.