Hainan’s food exports 99% safe in 1st half of 2013, report says
Hainan province’s offshore food exports were 99.4% safe in the first half of the year, the China Inspection and Quarantine Times reported, citing the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (GAQSIQ).
The province’s produce exports were worth US$412 million from last July through this June, a 73.1% increase year-on-year. The province, which is located off the southern coast of the country, had 447 firms growing produce, meat, and poultry on 93.33 million square meters of land in 16 cities and counties as at the end of June. GAQSIQ has accredited 111 of the firms; 39 of these have been recognized by South Korea; 36 have been recognized by the US; 15 by the EU; 15 by Russia; and three by Hong Kong. The report comes amid widespread media attention over the safety of Chinese food exports.
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