October 2, 2017
Vietnam in discussion with Dutch company to export chicken meat to EU
Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vũ Văn Tám, has met with Dutch company Jan Zandbergen to discuss the exporting of Vietnamese chicken meat to the EU, Viet Nam News reported.
However, a Jan Zandbergen's representative said that Vietnamese firms have to fulfill all quarantine-related requirements, especially food safety regulations, origin and disease tracking rules. In response, Vietnam has enacted the Animal Health Law and 13 legal documents pertaining to this matter.
In addition, the country could fully meet all requirements of more stringent markets like Japan, Phạm Văn Đông, head of the Department of Animal Health, said.
During the meeting in Hanoi, the Jan Zandbergen representative revealed that the EU has a high demand for chicken meat, with most of these imports originating from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine.
This year, the region has demand for 950,000 tonnes of chicken meat, 85% of which is chicken breast. Jan Zandbergen plans to import 85,000 tonnes of poultry, pork and beef worth EUR400 million (US$471 million).
To help meet demand, Đông proposed that Jan Zandbergen could invest in the setup of a processing facility in Vietnam, which would operate with accordance to EU standards.
Tám also hoped that Vietnam will be able to export chicken to the EU soon, along with other potential but more challenging markets.
- Viet Nam News