Asian markets reopened to Chilean pork

05-01-2009 | |

South Korea and Japan have reopened their markets to Chilean pork, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Minister Marigen Hornkohl said Korean sanitary authorities had lifted the temporary ban at the end of the year and pork that had been retained in containers at Korean and Japanese ports will begin the import process.

Korean authorities underlined the joint effort with the private sector in overcoming the difficulties.

The ban imposed on Chilean pork, by South Korea last August, took away the market for 40% of the pork produced in the country. The ban was in place due to dioxin contamination of pork and the cause was found to be in additives in the meal fed to pigs.