BPEX: South Korea opens to UK pork

South Korea, an important market for UK pork has been re-opened following lengthy negotiations.

South Korea used to be a valuable export market which was closed following the last outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2007.

A revised list of approved plants for the export of pork has been received by our embassy in Seoul.

BPEX Export Manager Jean-Pierre Garnier said: "Although this has been a long time coming, this is indeed good news for our sector. There are 23 premises on the list, 15 processing plants and 8 cold stores.

"Korea used to be an important export market for us taking 1,774 tonnes, worth up to £2.2 million in 2005. "Korea is one of the world's major pork importers, purchasing up to 300,000 tonnes a year. We are now looking to capitalise on this opportunity."

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