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Meeting with CIQA regarding the situation of swine animal welfare in Europe

16 November 2017
Zoetis

A meeting between Zoetis and CIQA (China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association) took place on Thursday September 21, 2017 at the 3rd China International Food and Meat Exhibition in Guangzhou. The situation of animal welfare in swine production in Europe and how it affects the global trade of pork, particularly in China was discussed.

CIQA reported on the Chinese Government's Animal Welfare plans as well as environmental regulation and expressed the desire to establish ever more stringent animal welfare measures in China.

Among the alternatives to castration, the vaccine against boar taint (sexual odour) was discussed in depth, and Zoetis provided the documents detailing the mode of vaccine action, as well as official consumer safety reports by EMA; (European Medicines Agency).

CIQA indicated, imported pork shall comply with the requirements of regulations and standards of China, and there is no regulation that restricts the import of foreign pork products from pigs vaccinated against boar taint in China.

The vaccine against boar taint, Improvac, was authorised in China in 2009 and recently, in 2015, the licence was renewed, and vaccination is being used by integrated pig producers in China.

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