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Australian Fetal Bovine Serum Will Re-enter The Chinese Market

Feb 04, 2019

On the morning of January 29, 2015, Chen Shisong, Director of the Department of Planting, Beijing State Inspection Bureau, announced that, after consultation between China and Australia, Australian serum imports will be declared from now on, and the products imported after examination and approval will be sold and used only after passing the inspection by the relevant departments. In particular, it is worth mentioning that the detection of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) in serum will be carried out by virus isolation and culture method, which has a lower positive detection rate than the previous ELISA and PCR methods.

Playback of import restrictions on fetal bovine serum:

On March 1, 2001, the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China and the State Administration of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine promulgated a proclamation No. 143 prohibiting the direct or indirect import of cattle, cattle embryos, cattle semen, beef products and their products from countries or regions where mad cow disease occurs, and prohibiting the import of cattle, cattle embryos, cattle semen, beef products (including cattle viscera) and their products from EU member countries

On August 21, 2014, Gansu Inspection and Quarantine Bureau tested two batches of fetal bovine serum from Australia for positive results of bovine viral diarrhea (BVDV) by ELISA and confirmed positive by fluorescent PCR. In order to prevent the introduction of animal epidemics abroad, the State Administration of Quality Supervision and Quarantine issued a notice suspending the import of cattle blood products directly or indirectly from Australia, and stopping issuing the Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine License for cattle blood products imported from Australia. The time of termination will be notified separately.

In the second half of 2014, the stock of imported fetal bovine serum in the market was decreasing gradually, and the merchants had exotic goods and the prices were rising. 500 ml of Australian high quality serum, originally 3000-5000 yuan, has soared to more than 8000 yuan, even more than 10,000 yuan. Some illegal vendors fish in muddy waters to make up for it and cheat it. This situation has aroused great attention of other regulatory authorities. On December 25, 2014, Qi Jingan, Director of the Beijing State Procuratorate, pointed out in his investigation of Zhongguancun Park that these people must not be allowed to make a fortune in their country.

A Hong Kong university student carrying 23 bottles of fetal bovine serum was intercepted at Shenzhen Bay Port, the China Gateway Times reported on January 23, 2015. Zhongguancun International Biological Reagent Logistics Center has attracted widespread attention since its Wechat forwarding.

On January 29, 2015, the Implantation Department of Beijing State Inspection Bureau officially announced that it would accept the declaration of import of Australian bovine serum from now on, and that the imported products should be tested and qualified by the inspection and quarantine organs.

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