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Agreement with China to make way for the red ecolabel

Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, signs agreement on organic products in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Published 4. May 2017

Danish enterprises looking for easier access to export organic food products to the huge Chinese market today moved an important step closer to more flexible exports.  

During his current visit to China, Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, signed a five-year cooperation agreement in Beijing on control of organic products. The goal of the agreement is to pave the way for the Chinese to recognise the Danish government control and inspection concept.

Danish food products are among the best in the world and they are already subject to close and very thorough inspection and control by Danish government authorities. However, the plain fact is that Danish organic products cannot get onto the Chinese market unless they are checked by private Chinese inspection bodies,” said Mr. Lunde Larsen.

He expects that Chinese acknowledgement of Danish government controls will make exports to China both simpler and cheaper for Danish enterprises in the future.
“The costs of flying Chinese experts to Denmark and of managing the large numbers of technical certificates are a huge burden on small and medium-sized Danish companies. They represent a barrier to exports to China. However, now that the deal has been signed, I hope that Danish organic exports will now meet fewer obstacles,” said Mr. Lunde Larsen.

Under the agreement, Denmark and China will also be exchanging knowledge and experience over the years to come. Furthermore, experts will be training each other’s personnel to establish a mutual understanding of the two countries’ approach to producing organic food products and effective control of organic products to avoid duplicate controls by both Danish and Chinese authorities in the future.