Pigmeat: China

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of trends in the annual value of pork exports to China since 2014.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Supporting the UK food and drink sector to increase its exports is a priority for Defra. The work we are doing to increase market access for pork to China is a great success, and has boosted the value of UK pork exports there from £19.6 million in 2014 to £43.6 million in 2018. China's domestic market consumes 55 million metric tonnes of pork per year and there is real potential for UK industry to continue to increase exports of pork products such as pig trotters and heads. We will also continue to build on our strong international reputation for food standards and premium exports, which help drive the demand for UK produce in China.

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