Published Date : Sep 16, 2015
Minister in charge for food safety in China during his official visit to Ireland on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on food safety, with Simon Coveney – the minister of agriculture. Bi Jingquan, the Chinese minister representing the China Food and Drug Administration also joined Conveney on Monday to sign the MOU underlining the future cooperation between the countries with regards to ensuring food safety.
Speaking about the MOU Minister Conveney said that the memorandum of understanding signifies that the agri-food partnership between China and Ireland includes more than exchange of food. Rather MOU ensures that both the countries have agreed to share knowledge and ideas in the areas of mutual interest. Minister Conveney also mentioned in the statement that he is delighted to make the relationship between CFDA and his Department formal and he is certain that both organizations will gain substantially from this mutual cooperation. The MOU in many ways represents the partnership between the leading Chinese and Irish agri-food companies and lays the foundation a strong and long-term strategic relationship between the countries.
The food safety forum was attended by many Chinese delegations including prominent retailers and milk buyers. They delegates also attended the dairy and infant formula food safety forum that was organized at the Department of Agriculture’s complex, which is in Backweston, Co Kildare.
During the event Minister Coveney spoke about how the agri-food exports by Ireland to China has increased exponentially in the last five years. He highlighted the fact that Irish exports of agri-food to China has risen above 270% and has reached €620 mn in the last couple of years.
Minister Bi already visited the dairy farm in Co Wicklow and had dinner with dairy processors on Sunday evening. He is no due to tour the renowned baby food plant called Danone in the Co Wexford and technology and innovation center of Kerry Group in Naas.