Chinese consumers get a choice of pork other than from China. Photo: Asia Times

The southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu received its first consignment of frozen German pork via rail, shaving more than 40 days from the time it would typically take for delivery by ship to the world’s top consumer of the meat.

The Chengdu Daily newspaper reported today that the shipment took just 13 days travel the 12,000 kilometers from Nuremberg, via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, entering into China’s Xinjiang region before heading to Chengdu International Railway Port.

The faster rail route enables frozen meat to reach into the vast hinterland of China with fewer risks of food becoming contaminated, the paper said.

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