On Monday 3 September the Danish Embassy in Beijing held a food safety seminar. The purpose was to enhance cooperation between Danish and Chinese authorities on food safety risk management by sharing experiences and research findings and disseminate knowledge on best practices.
A new food adventure
With President Hu Jintao’s visit to Denmark in June this year, an agreement between the Chinese AQSIQ and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration were signed. The new cooperation began its journey with the seminar at the Embassy.
During the day, topics as import and export, Food Risk Analysis, Risk Alert and Import Meat and Dairy Product Inspection and Surveillance Systems were discussed. Among the participants were the Danish Ambassador to China, the Danish heavyweights in the business Danish Crown and Arla, representatives from the Chinese AQSIQ and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration as well as a row of companies operating in the area.
Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Friis Arne Petersen, welcomed the participants to the seminar, “Denmark has a long-standing tradition for production of food. The food and agriculture sector is founded on a unique tradition of close cooperation between corporations and government, and to this day this remains one of the core strengths of the entire sector. Moreover the sector’s substantial contribution to Denmark’s exports to China as a whole illustrates how the food and agriculture sector holds a key position in the Danish-Chinese trade picture.”
The seminar marks a new beginning for Chinese-Danish cooperation on food safety, and will lead the way for future strategic solutions in the industry.