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Yili, Wageningen University sign dairy agreement

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Staff writer ▼ | April 2, 2014
Yili GroupChina's Yili Group and Netherlands' Wageningen University signed a dairy agreement collaboration, an agreement according to which a food security system would be jointly built by Yili (one of China's largest dairy producers) and Wageningen (one of Europe's leading universities).

The China-Netherlands Food Security System Project is the first systemised cooperative food security project between the two countries since diplomatic ties were established between them. It is also the deepest trans-national cooperation between a Chinese firm and a Dutch varsity.

The signing of the agreement paved the way for the establishment of a system that would 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.

The project would take the lead in introducing big data applications for quality analysis of the two countries' dairy products. Pan Gang, chairman, Yili Group, stated that the system would be built on top of earlier developments in pasture management based on milk source upstream technologies and the formulation of a feed and soil evaluation system, including a backtracking mechanism.

When complete, it would have in place dairy product monitoring systems in the European Union (EU) and China working in concert with each other. The major portion of the work on the project took place at the Yili European R&D centre and was completed in February 2014.

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