A team of Chinese experts are coming to Lithuania on Monday to carry out the last checks before allowing Lithuania to export frozen beef and beef offal.
Chinese experts to inspect beef producers
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As part of their week-long visit, the experts will visit Biovela-Utenos Mesa, Krekenavos Agrofirma and Agaras, the State Food and Veterinary Service said.

According to Darius Remeika, the head of the service, China's authorities have already approved the veterinary requirements and the certificate, but they want additional guarantees regarding African Swine Fever (ASF).

"One of the key conditions for Lithuanian companies is to ensure that pigs and livestock are slaughtered in slaughterhouses separately (...) to guarantee that beef or beef offal has no contact with pork and thus prevent the spread of the ASF virus," he told BNS in a comment.

According to Statistics Lithuania, the country's total agricultural and food product exports to China rose by 17.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with a year ago, with exports of Lithuanian-origin products up by 1.4 percent.

China ranked 24th among Lithuania's export partners in the first quarter of this year.

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