PH can now export meat and meat products to Japan
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines can now export more varieties of meat to Japan after the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) included the country on its list of certified countries that have passed. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) hygiene management protocols.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the Philippines previously only exported chicken that would be used for the Japanese grilled yakitori delicacy.
“This is certainly a big boost for our livestock producers, and food manufacturers, meat processors and exporters, as we continue to seek market opportunities to jumpstart the country’s economic recovery in the midst. pandemic, ”Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.
“It also demonstrates our commitment to providing world-class, safe, wholesome, quality food for domestic and export markets, and Japan is a discriminating market. So, we are looking forward to entering more export markets. We are delighted to have successfully passed Japan’s strict food safety and hygiene management standards.
This development will allow the Philippines to export beef, carabeef, pork, chevon, mutton and their by-products to Japan.
Article 11 of the Japanese Food Hygiene Law provides that only meat products using HACCP management systems can be imported into the country.
HACCP is a systematic, science-based protocol that identifies hazards and measures for their control to ensure food safety.
“HACCP certification means that the certification systems in the Philippines are on par with global standards,” said Jocelyn Salvador, director of the DA’s National Meat Inspection Service.
“The significance of this Tokyo decision is that they rely on and trust our certification systems. This means that if the Philippines certifies certain establishments and meat products, Japan will automatically accept this certification without a doubt, ”Salvador added.
Japan remains one of the Philippines’ major trading partners and was further strengthened by the signing of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in 2006.
Other Philippines exports to Japan include Cavendish bananas, pineapples, and coconut oil.
“This is a victory, and we are now reaping the rewards of DA’s continued efforts to educate Filipino food manufacturers to adhere to global food safety standards,” Dar said.
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