October 5, 2010


Hong Kong lifts ban on South Korean pork


Hong Kong has removed its ban on South Korean pork imports, becoming the first state to do so since Seoul was declared free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the government said Sunday (Oct 3).


"As of October 1, the country was cleared to export pork to Hong Kong," the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.


The removal of Hong Kong's import ban came after South Korea was declared free of FMD as of September 27 by the World Organisation for Animal Health, better known as the OIE. The disease affects all cloven-hoofed animals such as pigs and cows.


South Korean exporters still need to follow required quarantine procedures before shipping any pork products to Hong Kong, the ministry said.


"Exports to Hong Kong will certainly have a positive effect on the country's pig farming industry. The government will continue to search for new markets," it said.


Outbound shipments of pork were halted in January when the country's first FMD case since 2002 was reported. Since regaining FMD-free status from the OIE, South Korea has been working to resume its pork exports also to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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