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China bans British cheese imports

May 5, 2014 6:36 pm

China has temporarily banned imports of British cheese after the country’s food inspectors complained about hygiene standards at an unnamed British dairy.

The Chinese officials were reportedly dissatisfied with its maintenance and storage, raw milk transport temperatures and air sanitisation, the BBC reports.

However, the dairy they visited does not export its produce to China.

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British farming minister George Eustice has called for restrictions to be lifted “as soon as possible”.

“British cheese is the best in the world and produced to the highest safety and quality standards, so it is disappointing that China have put a temporary block on cheese imports,” he said.

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