Im­ported food’s an­nual growth rate in­creases

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

China’s ap­petite for im­ported food has been grow­ing fast as the in­creas­ingly wealthy pop­u­la­tion seeks more ex­otic eat­ing, the lat­est data showed.

Food im­ports saw an an­nu­al­ized growth of 17.4 per­cent through the 2010-2014 pe­riod, Xin­hua re­ported, cit­ing data from the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine.

The im­ports came from 213 coun­tries and re­gions, with the top 10 ex­porters ac­count­ing for 84.3 per­cent of the to­tal trade. The 10 mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) were the No 1 source of food im­ports. The Euro­pean Union was sec­ond, fol­lowed by the United States.

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