China and the Netherlands Build the First Food Security System

        China and the Netherlands Build the First Food Security System

Co-built by Wageningen University and Yili Group, one of China's largest dairy

PR Newswire

WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands, March 25, 2014

WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With Chinese
President Xi Jinping and the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander in
attendance serving as witnesses, China and the Netherlands signed several key
cooperative agreements benefiting the agriculture sectors of both countries on
March 23 (local Dutch time). Among the agreements one is a strategic
collaboration whereby a food security system will be jointly built by Yili
Group, one of China's largest dairy producers, and Wageningen University, one
of Europe's leading universities. During the signing ceremony, President Xi
suggested stepping the efforts at cooperation in the dairy industries of the
two countries up to an even higher level. Yili was the only Chinese company
mentioned by Dutch King Willem-Alexander in the course of his speech, at which
time he said the Chinese company had recently set up a European R&D center in
the Netherlands, laying a solid foundation and establishing an excellent
platform for further collaborations in the dairy field between the two

The China-Netherlands Food Security System Project is the first systemized
cooperative food security project between China and the Netherlands since the
two countries first established diplomatic relations. It is also the deepest
transnational cooperation between a Netherlands-based university and a Chinese

The signing of the agreement paves the way for the establishment of a system
that will combine the practices of the two countries, on the basis of
collaborating on the latest technologies targeting biological cell culture,
evaluating biological cell safety and other functional factors. Meanwhile, the
project will take the lead in introducing big data applications for quality
analysis of the two countries' dairy products. Yili Group Chairman Pan Gang
revealed that the system will be built on top of earlier developments in
pasture management based on milk source upstream technologies, formulation of
a feed and soil evaluation system including a backtracking mechanism. Once
completed, the project will have in place dairy product monitoring systems in
the EU and in China working in concert with each other. The major portion of
the work on the project took place in the Yili European R&D Center and was
completed in February.

Pan Gang noted that they not only felt a great sense of responsibility but at
the same time were fully confident in their ability to succeed when
undertaking this collaborative effort. He said: "The co-building of the food
security system is very important to the development of China's as well as to
the world's dairy industry. We have a solid foundation in the research and
development of safe dairy products, we have first-class European partners and
the European R&D Center provides us with a sound platform for our work. The
key technology to realize such a system is already in a mature state."

"We hope to drive global food security, and believe Yili is the best partner
worldwide that we could find," said Abraham Brouwer, leading European food
safety specialist and a professor at Wageningen University. The development
methods and technologies used in the food security system have become the
standard in the EU, and are widely used in the Netherlands and around the
world due to their great advantages in accuracy, speed and cost of
inspections. The Dutch partner and Yili, will continue to make enhancements
and test the technologies based on the actual physical environment in China,
with the intention of bringing dairy safety inspection in both China and the
Netherlands to a new level.

Just last month, Yili European Research and Development Center opened on the
campus of the Netherlands-based university. The internationally renowned
institution is one of the Europe's leading universities in the study of the
life sciences. The R&D center targets Europe, and is also China's
highest-profile overseas R&D facility. The area surrounding the university,
known as the European "food valley", is home to several food research
clusters. The Chinese and Dutch parties will rely on the center during the
co-building efforts.

"Dairy security and scientific research need global cooperation," said Aalt
Dijkhuize, President of Wageningen University & Research Center. Wageningen
University and Yili will deepen their cooperation based on the joint
establishment of the R&D center. Both parties, in addition to the co-building
effort, will conduct joint research on breast milk and pasture management.

"Technical support is the most fundamental and critical link in the food
safety system," said dairy specialist Chen Yu. The dairy production system, a
very complex system when it comes to food security, takes the lead in
introducing technologies from the EU to establish a technical support system,
a key component of the overall effort. Yili's contributions to the project
will play an important role in improving and upgrading China's food security

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SOURCE Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd

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