China and Russia to jointly promote dairy industry development

15:46 SGT June 1, 2018
Representatives of Nutrition Society of China and Russia at the MoU signing

In a recent China-Russia Nutrition Forum held in Moscow, the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) and the Federal Research Centre of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety (FRC), Russia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strategic cooperation. The partnership will enhance collaboration in the field of nutrition and health, and boost talent sourcing in dairy technology.

To achieve this, the MoU will facilitate bilateral trade processes and dairy industry development by providing guidance and support for laws and regulations for a seamless trade in dairy products in both countries.

According to a press statement, the forum was the first time China and Russia held an official exchange regarding nutrition issues — reaching a consensus on the importance of consumer education on active probiotic dairy drinks in particular.

Yang Yuexin, CNS’ director, observed that Chinese people are not daily consumers of dairy, especially active probiotic drinks. Thus, there is a need to educate the public with regards to the health benefits of active probiotic drink products.

The situation is similar in Russia, said Sheveleva Svetlana, head of the Laboratory of Biosafety and Analysis of Nutrimicrobioman. Svetlana is also a doctor of Technical Sciences for the Federal Research Centre of Nutrition and Biotechnology.

“The dietary structure of Europe is mainly made up of meat, egg and dairy. Russians have dairy consumption meeting guiding criterion, but low awareness of the function of active probiotic drinks which need to be greatly improved,” Svetlana concluded.