This week, Danish Minister, Henrik Høegh, visits China to talk about the Danish food industry, and share knowledge on food safety with his Chinese counter parts.
From august 26th to September 1st, a delegation from the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries lead by Danish Minister Henrik Høegh will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. The purpose of the visit is to share knowhow regarding agriculture and food safety with Chinese decision-makers. The exchanging of ideas and knowledge between Denmark and China is an essential part of a long lasting diplomatic relation, which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Within the field of agriculture and food safety Denmark is known for high quality products and is often looked upon as an example to be followed. During the visit, Minister Henrik Høegh will host the SINO-Nordic Forum on Food Safety held in Shanghai on August 30th and also do export promotion of Danish food products with focus on organic food.
Modern technology contributes to keeping Danish products among the best in the world. Dairy, meat and other items are tested from start to finish in order to avoid food safety problems. Especially, milk is tested vigorously to keep antibiotics from reaching consumers who are intolerant.
Food safety is a major concern of the Danish population. Therefore, a special team of food inspectors pay unannounced visits to food vendors around the country and grade their compliance to official rules regarding storage, preparation and staff hygiene. The inspection reports are displayed in the stores revealing the level of compliance upon the last visit from the food inspectors. Also, a website collects the reports allowing Danes to identify the good stores in their local area.
During the visit to China the Danish Minister, Henrik Høegh, will visit the EXPO exhibition in Shanghai, and travel to Nanjing to pay his respects to the victims of the Nanjing massacre in 1937. Finally, the Danish delegation will visit Beijing and meet with Minister Wang Yong, General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ).