Last month, China made the ludicrous decision to ban ALL UK cheese after inspecting one dairy that doesn’t even export to the Middle Kingdom. On June 5, China finally lifted the ban, to the gratitude of British cheese producers and also probably import-hungry Chinese citizens who didn’t appreciate the protectionist attempt to limit their dairy options to the domestic melamine-laced variety.
According to the Grocer, UK cheesemakers can now export to China as long as they have passed the usual Chinese authority checks.
FarmersGuardian reports the words of a Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) spokesman:
“We welcome the news that the temporary restrictions on cheese exports to China has been lifted.
“The Chinese market is vital for the UK with exports of food, feed and drink worth £257 million last year. We appreciate the Chinese authorities’ help and support to resolve this quickly.”
By Aliaume Leroy