China’s Trading Partners Alarmed by Food Import Controls

The Associated Press
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China’s trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce. 

The rule, which includes such low-risk items as wine and chocolate, could inflame tensions with the Trump administration, who has promised to raise tariffs on imports from China, and the European Union. 

Under the rule, due to take effect as early as October, each consignment of food would require a certificate from a foreign inspection confirming it meets Chinese quality standards. Other countries require such inspection only for meat, dairy and other perishable items. 

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