2 PH firms get OK to export processed chicken to Korea

Posted at 08/14/14 4:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Two Philippine companies can now start exporting processed chicken to South Korea.

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul said the South Korean government has approved the importation of processed chicken from the Philippines.

Last July 28, South Korea's Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency gave the final and formal consent that would allow two Philippine companies to start exporting processed chicken to the country.

The two firms were identified as Johanna’s Chicken Processing Center, Inc., and Integrated Meat and Poultry Processing, Inc. which are based in Quezon and Bataan provinces respectively. The two processing plants were operating as contract-processors of San Miguel Corporation and Bounty Fresh Food, Inc.

"This is a considerable triumph for the Philippine poultry industry and a fitting result of years of hard work by our trade officials as this approval opens the door for more Philippine producers to Korea’s large fresh frozen chicken market,” Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul S. Hernandez said.

The Korean government’s approval of the first two processing plants was the result of eight years of negotiations. This bodes well for other Philippine companies interested in entering the $300 million Korean market for processed chicken.

Last December 2013, the Korean Quarantine Inspection Agency granted full market access to Bounty Fresh Food.