The sale of Korean pork to Japan resumed last month after being halted for nine years. Shipments were banned in 2000 after outbreaks of hog cholera and foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed. The diseases are highly contagious and frequently cause foreign countries to impose trade restrictions. The decision to resume pork shipments was reached in August at a bilateral quarantine and sanitation meeting. It is thought that it will help local farmers find new outlets for the meat they produce. Korean pig farmers have struggled due to free trade agreements between Korea and foreign countries which has led to an increase in cheap imports.
The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has said that the sale of pork to Japan could help the government meet its pork export target of $500 million and boost Korea’s efforts to become officially “hog cholera free” by 2014.
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