April 6, 2010


South Korea resumes poultry exports to Hong Kong


After being shut out of the market following a low pathogenic avian influenza outbreak reported last December, South Korea has restarted fresh poultry exports to Hong Kong recently.


South Korea's Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Hong Kong has lifted its ban on chickens and ducks from the South Jeolla and South Chungcheong provinces.


The special administrative zone enforces a policy of banning imports of poultry from specific regions during outbreaks of non-virulent strains of bird flu. During highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks, a blanket ban on all products is imposed.


The new rules go into effect immediately, with 54 certified butchering facilities and food processing plants to be allowed to ship their products, according to a press release statement.


South Korea had exported 202 tonnes of poultry worth US$311,000 to Hong Kong last year.