Pork is the principal meat consumed in China and the nation is spending millions and passing new regulations to improve the quality of the meat. China’s Ministry of Commerce has reported that the nation has invested $69 million so far, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
The government has disqualified 7,740 slaughterhouses, upgraded 3,279 others and seized 1,940 tons of pork, said a Ministry of Commerce spokesperson. He also noted that governmental agencies had drafted more than 10 new regulations intended to raise standards in pig slaughter and pork quality supervision.
The price of pork will likely remain high during the first half of 2008, but the government plans to continue to release pork from state reserves ahead of the Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 6th.