Cheese Import Ban Lifted

Published: 30.10.2017 Related countries:  China China

UK cheese exporters are thrilled with the Chinese government’s announcement that it is lifting a ban on the import of soft cheeses. In July, China banned the import of brie, camembert, Roquefort, goat cheese and blue cheese due to mold and bacteria issues.

UK cheese exporters are thrilled with the Chinese government’s announcement that it is lifting a ban on the import of soft cheeses. In July, China banned the import of brie, camembert, Roquefort, goat cheese and blue cheese due to mold and bacteria issues. Following a series of meetings between EU and Chinese officials, the ban was lifted last week. “Cheese is a fairly unknown product in China, so they are wary of dairy cultures and if they are in any doubt about food safety, they stop it rather than take a risk. It’s a very difficult market, but there is a growing demand for high-quality cheeses,” states Somerdale International Director Stephen Jones.