According to an announcment of the General Administration of Customs, P.R. China on February 7, 2022, exported wet pet food from avian-related epidemics countries is allowed to be exported to China again if it is sterilized.
The administration has permitted the export from following countries to China: Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Italy, U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Furthermore, foreign producers of pet snacks do not need to file for the registered license that is executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
The official statement from the Administration referring to the new policy says:
Animal derived raw materials of specific products are subject to dynamic restrictions in the list of prohibited animals and their products sourcing from countries and regions where animal epidemics are prevalent (except for commercially sterilized canned pet food of avian origin).
Regarding commercial sterilization, it reads:
After moderate sterilization, canned food does not contain pathogenic microorganisms or non pathogenic microorganisms that can reproduce in it at normal temperature. Such condition is called commercial sterility.
According to analyzes from Gina Tumbarello, American Feed Industry Association director of international policy and trade, pet food exports grew 197% in 2020. Chinese pet food imports still could not reach the purchasing commitments set by the U.S.