multi-million food safety deal with China
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By Rory Harrington, 03-Jun-2009
Neogen Corporation has announced it
has signed a multi-million pound partnership agreement with the Chinese
Government to research food safety issues specific to the country.
The initiative between the US company’s European subsidiary in
Scotland and China
has created a jointly funded laboratory in Beijing. Testing methods and
data developed in the facility will be used in more than 30 labs throughout
Neogen, which specializes in the development and marketing of food safety
kits, will also be working with the Chinese on plant health issues.
Ongoing food safety project
Dr Steve Chambers, Sales & Marketing Director Neogen Europe Ltd,
told FoodProductionDaily.com that the partnership would look at developing
and modifying screening test kits for quality and safety of agricultural
commodities. This would initially focus on diseases of vegetable crops both
for domestic consumption and for export.
“This is part of an ongoing wider programme working with us on the
development and validation programmes for a range of food quality and
safety issues, for example mycotoxins,”
Neogen said it expected the agreement to generate revenue of £10m
for the company over the next 3-5 years.
Neogen CEO James Herbert said: "This agreement represents a
great opportunity for Neogen to be at the forefront in helping develop food
safety and plant health solutions specifically for the Chinese. This
opportunity is a logical expansion of Neogen Europe's proven ability to tailor
solutions to the varying regulatory and quality assurance environments in
the large number of countries it serves."
The announcement of the partnership comes just days after China’s
new food safety law came into effect. The legislation aims to toughen up the
country’s food monitoring network by imposing more stringent standards,
stricter supervision and a recall system for tainted or substandard
Top level negotiations
Final agreement on the deal was reached following a recent
high-level meeting between Chinese Minister of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine, Wang Yong, Scotland's First Minister, the UK
Ambassador to China and Neogen representatives.
"This is fantastic news for Neogen Europe, Scottish jobs and
businesses and for our international reputation," said Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.
"The pace of progress following our meeting with Mr. Yang in
China last month is a remarkable testament to the impressive work of Neogen
Europe, the potential for Scottish businesses in China and the lasting