South Korea considers lifting ban on Thai frozen chicken


South Korea’s Quarantine Inspection Agency (QIA) delegates visited and inspected 12 Thai chicken plants this week and will decide later this year whether to lift its 12-year ban on Thai frozen chicken, said Sorravis Thaneto, Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD). Frozen chicken exports were suspended in 2004 due to outbreaks of avian influenza in Thailand.

The country exported 42,580 tonnes of frozen chicken to South Korea in 2002. Dr Sorravis said there are 53 plants, which aim to export frozen chicken to South Korea. QIA has inspected disease surveillance systems, hygiene systems and food safety systems at the plants. If South Korea gives the green light to Thailand, chicken producers will export its frozen chicken products to South Korea early next year, Dr Sorravis said, adding “we estimate that our export prices will be around USD 3200 per tonnes.”


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