March 21, 2018
Taiwan opens market to Italy pork products
Taiwan has opened its market to pork products from Italy, including the renowned Parma ham.As a result,Italy is expected to generate sales of pork products worth around €2 million (US$2.45 million), the European Commission (EC) said.
EC said the approval for fresh meat is effective immediately, but that it would take several months before hams become available for sale as they have to complete their maturation process before being placed on the market.
"The opening of the Taiwanese market is the result of several years' work engaging with the Taiwanese government, academia and the wider public in a dialogue to explain the EU's comprehensive, multi-layered control systems, recognised worldwide to meet highest sanitary standards" the EU said in a news release on Monday, March 19.
Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan welcomed the Taiwanese decision, saying, "This important breakthrough is further vindication of the high standards of EU food production. Europe is the best address for high-quality food in the world and we will build on this opening to the Taiwanese market to pursue further market opportunities in Asia".
The EC said it would continue to work with the Taiwanese government and other member states to expand bilateral trade of food products with Taiwan.