South Korea, Japan reopen markets to Chilean pork
The Chilean Agriculture Ministry said yesterday that South Korea and Japan
have lifted their import ban on Chilean pork.
Agriculture Minister Marigen
Hornkohl told the press: "This is good news and reinforces our efforts to ensure
Chilean exports are of a high standard.
"Japan and South Korea have
recognized the safety guarantee that Chile gives to its products and the
importance of the coordinated work between the public and private
Japan and South Korea suspended imports of Chilean pork in July
after high levels of dioxin were detected in a shipment to South
Dioxin is a chemical linked to chlorine that can be harmful to human
Following the discovery, the Chilean Health Department quarantined
several pig farms to investigate the dioxin claims.
Pork is a growing
industry in Chile with Japan being a major importer.