Chilled pork from the mainland will be imported to Hong Kong starting from the first quarter of this year, the government says. In a paper submitted by the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau to the legislature yesterday, the administration said a consensus had been reached with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in Beijing on the imports. The Beijing authority is to provide a list of chilled pork processing plants intending to export to Hong Kong so that they can be inspected by hygiene officers. Importers will have to obtain a licence from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and provide a health certificate to ensure the meat is safe for human consumption. Last May, officers visited processing plants in Guangdong, Shenzhen, Shandong and Sichuan to collect information. Negotiation with the mainland on chilled pork began after chilled chicken was first imported in 2002.