The Chinese health service AQSIQ certified 12 Argentinean plants, including five petfood manufacturers, to export production to China.

The measure was officially confirmed by AQSIQ in a note to Jorge Amaya, president of the Argentine National Health Service and Food Quality (SENASA), according to local authorities. In addition to four plants previously authorized, China permitted six plants for meat and bone meal, one plant for whey products and five petfood manufacturers to export to that country. Chinese officials made the decision after visiting and evaluating plants in Argentina that expressed interest in exporting to China.

The Chinese authorities' approval "highlights the quality of products and raw materials in Argentina and demonstrates confidence in SENASA as a regulator and watchdog," said SENSA.