Hong Kong: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   HK2021-0069

In September 2021, the Hong Kong government decided not to launch a scheme requiring pre-market safety assessments for biotech events initially proposed in 2013. Hong Kong did not have any policy changes on regulating genetically engineered (GE) products in the past year. There are no specific regulations for GE food products (including processed products), which are subject to the same food regulations as conventional foods. However, Hong Kong does maintain production and import controls on living modified organisms (LMO). Hong Kong does not impose barriers on microbial biotech ingredients/foods. In 2021, Hong Kong launched its first vegan lab-developed ice cream, containing Perfect Day’s GE non-dairy protein, in response to Hong Kong consumers’ growing interest in plant-based foods.

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The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department is in the process of mapping out legislative initiatives coupled with public education to enhance waste management. U.S. food exports to the city could be impacted by the government’s adoption of various producer responsibility schemes (PRSs) relating to plastic and glass beverage containers by which manufacturers/importers are expected to pay a levy.
In 2021, the total value of U.S. agricultural and related products exported to Taiwan was $3.94 billion, an increase of 18 percent compared to the previous year. Taiwan moved up two places to rank as the 6th largest market for U.S. agricultural exports in 2021. This was the second highest year on record behind 2018’s $4.08 billion. Products in the consumer oriented category continue to play an increasingly important role, with beef and dairy products hitting new highs year after year.
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