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Pork industry safe: experts

By Liang Fei (Global Times)

10:08, November 29, 2011

Surging pork imports are not likely to hurt the domestic pork industry, experts said on Monday, even though imports of the meat are expected to reach a record high this year.

China used to produce enough soybeans to satisfy domestic demand, but with the arrival of cheaper genetically modified soybeans from the US five years ago, China has instead become the world's biggest importer of soybeans. Some are concerned that the pork industry will also be pushed aside by imports.

"The amount of China's pork imports is far from enough to do any harm to domestic players," Ma Chuang, deputy secretary-general of the China Animal Agriculture Association, told the Global Times on Monday.

China consumes some 50 million tons of pork each year, and the world's total pork exports only come to about 6 million tons a year, according to Ma.

"Imported frozen pork does not have any advantage in taste and quality. And domestic consumers prefer fresh meat to frozen products, so domestic supplies will still dominate the market," Feng Yonghui, an analyst with pork industry portal, told the Global Times on Monday.

In the first nine months of this year, China imported 870,000 tons of pork and byproducts, up 44.6 percent year-on-year.

Ma predicted that the total amount of pork imports would top 1 million tons this year, above the historic high of 910,000 tons in 2008.

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