China slaps temporary ban on UK cheese
UK cheese exports to China have been temporarily suspended following a recent tour of the UK by Chinese officials.
Issues related to maintenance, air sanitisation, raw milk transport temperatures and chemical storage were cited as the reasons for the temporary ban.
UK Dairy industry representative body, DairyCo, said the inspections took place to ensure all UK suppliers of dairy products conformed to the new Chinese Food Safety law, which was implemented from 1 May 2014.
The ban will remain in place until all UK cheese plants exporting to China are audited by the Local Authorities. The ban does not apply to any products that were made before the new law came into force.
DairyCo said figures from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) showed that the UK exported just under £67k of cheese in 2013 to China. This equated to around 11,500 kg of cheese, or 0.01 per cent of UK cheese exports.