The South Korean government has approved to lift the temporary ban of chicken meat and pet birds imports from the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced on Saturday, August 14.

This is based on the memorandum dated Aug. 5, 2021, shared by the DA to the media, wherein the Philippine Agriculture Office (PAO) in Seoul granted the Philippines the final approval of the South Korean government to lift the temporary ban on Philippine chicken meat and pet birds imports.

“We are pleased to inform the good Secretary [William Dar] that the Philippines can already export live birds (other than poultry) to South Korea. Post expects Philippine chicken meat export may commence upon approval of the poultry establishments,” it said.

Back in March 2020, through the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), South Korea prohibited the imports of Philippine chicken meat and pet birds under “Import Sanitary Condition of Philippine chicken (MAFRA Notification) “and “Import Sanitary Condition of birds except poultry (MAFRA Notification)” in accordance with H5 avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Philippines last year.

PAO Seoul worked closely with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) to ensure that the interim suspension was lifted as quickly as possible.

To facilitate the exports of Philippine chicken and pet birds to Korea, PAO Seoul had earlier coordinated with BAI and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) for compliance with the APQA requirements.

According to South Korea’s Import Health Requirement for chicken meat exported from the Philippines, chicken meat refers to chilled or frozen meat, bone, fat, skin, and tendon that are derived from the chicken.

“We are pleased to report that revised forms were submitted to APQA and MFDS and the approval was secured on August 11, 2021,” the PAO said.