The country can now export more meat products to Japan after adopting the latter’s strict hygiene protocols, according to the agriculture ministry.
This is good news for meat producers and manufacturers whose exports to Japan are currently limited to “chicken yakitori”, as it means that they can now sell beef, ground beet , pork, chevon, mutton and their by-products.
“This is certainly a big boost for our ranchers, food manufacturers, meat processors and exporters as we continue to seek market opportunities to jumpstart the country’s economic recovery,” the secretary said. ‘Agriculture, William Dar.
He said Japan was known to have a “discriminating market” because it was known to have the strictest food protocols in place. Getting a contract with Japan means Filipino producers are committed to providing safe, wholesome, and world-class food for domestic and export markets, Dar said.
To date, there are at least 70 Filipino meat establishments in the country that have “AAA” certification from the National Meat Inspection Service, including slaughterhouses, meat cutting plants, meat dressing plants. poultry and cold storage facilities.
Only world-class and globally competitive establishments can achieve this certification as they must meet international standards. Those who have the “AAA” seal can sell and export to other countries.
Besides meat, the country exports Cavendish bananas, pineapples and coconut oil to Japan. It remains one of the country’s main trading partners, reinforced by the Philippine-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in 2006. INQ
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