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South Korea Reopens to British Pork

06 October 2009

UK - An important market for 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, in 2007.

A revised list of approved plants for the export of pork has been received by the British 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 capitalize on this opportunity."


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