Japan considering importing pork from Vietnam
According to a report from Vietnam's Trade Office in
Japan yesterday, the Japanese government is considering importing pork from
At present, Vietnamese pork imports are banned in Japan due to the outbreaks
of foot and mouth disease in Vietnam. However, both parties have been
negotiating for a number of years and the Japanese authorities are considering
lifting the ban.
Special regulations are currently being
drafted by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
Under these regulations, emphasis will be laid on the processing and
heat-treatment phases of production.
Vietnam's Trade Office indicated that the MAFF and the Japanese Ministry of
Health, Labor and Welfare are planning a visit to Vietnam to assess foodstuff
processors there before signing an agreement.
The processed pork market in Japan is huge with over US$200m worth of imports
yearly from China, US, Thailand, Germany, Italy and Spain.
â€¢ Ministry of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Japan
â€¢ Ministry of Health, Trade
and Welfare Japan
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