August 28, 2003



Thailand Can Start Exporting Cooked Pork To Singapore


Thailand will be able to start exporting cooked pork to Singapore following an agreement signed between the two countries during a meeting in Singapore Wednesday, according to a report posted on the Web site of the state agency, the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand.


Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sora-at Klinpratoom and Singapore's National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan signed a memorandum of understanding covering the export of Thai cooked pork to Singapore, the report said.      


The exports, however, must pass quality checks by Thailand's Livestock Department, while slaughter houses and processing factories supplying the pork have to meet international standards required by the World Organization for Animal Health, also known as OIE, the report said.


Until now, Thailand wasn't permitted to export cooked pork to Singapore because of concerns of potential animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease.


During its first year of exports, Thailand expects to ship around 20,000- 25,000 tons of cooked pork to Singapore, worth around 500 million to 600 million baht ($1=THB41.378), the report said.

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