Chinese health authorities at Chile. (Photo: Sernapesca)
Health officials visit to China comes to an end
Thursday, November 01, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
A delegation of Chinese health authorities returned home after evaluating the inspection system implemented by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) of Chile for the certification of fishery products intended for human consumption.
Asian delegates visited different regions of Chile for almost two weeks and learnt about the workings of the fish plants, farms and landing ports.
The delegation, led by officials of the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and the Office of Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) of China, also received information about the various facilities for the production and maintenance of meat and meat products, which the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) of Chile supervises.
The head of the mission, Chen Haiyang, met with officials of SAG and of Sernapesca and described the visit as a "really helpful" opportunity to have a direct and more accurate view of the control programmes implemented locally.
Haiyang offered a favourable opinion of the Chilean inspection and health certification systems.
Finally, he said the report containing the findings of the mission will be sent to the authorities of Sernapesca and of SAG after the delegation issues it once they have arrived in Beijing, Service reported in a press release.
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