August 1, 2008


Japan suspends Chilean pork imports on sanitary reasons
Japan has suspended imports of Chilean pork after South Korea detected dioxin in Chilean pork. 

Chile has called the Japanese ambassador in Santiago to express concern over the ban, especially since Japan has not found any problems with Chilean pork.


South Korea has ordered a recall of Chilean pork that may have been contaminated with dioxin after finding a package with a higher than permitted level of the cancerous compound. As a result, Chile has quarantined six pork plants to investigate the contamination.


Japan is a large consumer of Chilean pork, purchasing 33 percent of total Chilean pork production with a turnover of US$127 million last year. In March 2007, Japan and Chile signed a free trade agreement that cuts Japanese import tariffs on Chilean imports, including pork.

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