The Danish minister for environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, will consider exporting oysters to China after the species became a hot topic in this Asian country.
Larsen made the comments after a post sent by the Danish Embassy in China on social networking site Weibo about the invasion of an exotic oyster, known as the Pacific oyster, generated a flurry of enthusiastic responses from Chinese people.
The Embassy made a small joke inviting Chinese people to eat oysters in Denmark but was not expecting such a strong reaction from readers. One person even proposed to “eat the species to extinction.”
However, at the moment oysters are not on the list of aquatic products being exported from Denmark to China, but the food ministry and industry of Denmark will now work closely on the potential of exporting oysters to China. In the meantime, he welcomes Chinese “to come to Denmark for oyster safaris”.