PH passes Japan’s strict meat import standards

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The country can now export more meat products to Japan after passing the latter’s strict hygiene protocols, according to the Department of Agriculture.

This is a piece of welcoming news to meat producers and manufacturers whose exports to Japan are currently limited to “chicken yakitori,” as this means they can now sell to that market beef, carabeef, pork, chevon, mutton and their by-products.

“This is definitely a big boost to our livestock producers, food manufacturers, meat processors, and exporters, as we continue to look for market opportunities to jumpstart the country’s economic recovery,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.

He said Japan was known to have a “discriminating market” as it was notorious for putting in place the most stringent protocols when it comes to food. Securing a contract with Japan means Filipino producers are committed to providing safe, healthy, and world-class food for both domestic and export markets, said Dar.

To date, there are at least 70 Philippine meat establishments in the country that have “AAA” certification from the National Meat Inspection Service, including slaughterhouses, meat-cutting plants, poultry dressing plants and cold-storage facilities.

Only world-class and globally competitive establishments may be granted this certification as they must follow international standards. Those with the “AAA” seal can sell and export to other countries.

Aside from meat, the country has been exporting Cavendish bananas, pineapples and coconut oil to Japan. It remains as one of the country’s largest trading partners, enhanced by the Philippnes-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in 2006. INQ


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