September 17, 2008


Hong Kong to import chilled beef from China

The Hong Kong government is encouraging local chilled meat industry to import chilled beef from China and trade may commence in 2009.


Officers from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong are going to China to inspect chilled meat factories.


Some Hong Kong butcheries are applying for license to sell chilled meat imported from Inner Mongolia, and chilled meat at supermarkets and market stalls are priced 30-percent lower than fresh beef, which costs about HK$58 per kg.


Kwok Shi-hing, chairman of the Hong Kong Chilled Meat and Poultry Association, said the association was in talks with supermarkets and market stalls about the sales of chilled meat.


The association will set the benchmark price after considering transportation costs.

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