July 20, 2010

South Korea resumes processed pork exports to Japan


South Korea will resume processed pork exports to Japan this week as no foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been reported in the country in over two months, the government said Sunday (July 18).

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MFAFF) said first pork products was shipped Monday (July 19) by Welsum Co., located in Yongin, 40 kilometres south of Seoul.

The eight tonnes of meat that include those to be used for pork cutlets, sausages and ham products have all been treated with heat, and packaged to meet Japanese import standards.

The ministry said that besides Welsum, Hanil Farms, based in Seoul, has received authorisation to export meat products to the neighboring country as of this month.

Hanil Farms said that it plans to invite Japanese buyers in the near future to sign export orders. In addition, the ministry said that five other companies are trying to win authorisation from Japan within the year, which could further fuel exports.

Before the import ban took effect, South Korea shipped out 12,515 tonnes of pork products in 2009 worth US$11.64 million.

The country reported its first case of the highly contagious FMD in early January, causing all exports to be stopped. The last confirmed case of the animal disease was confirmed on May 6 after 55,830 livestock had been culled and buried by animal quarantine authorities.


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