Chicken exports resume

PHILIPPINES - San Miguel Foods Inc., a unit of food and beverage giant San Miguel Corp., has resumed exporting chicken to Japan almost a year after Tokyo banned Philippine poultry shipments in the wake of the bird flu scare.

The Poultry Export Board said over the weekend that San Miguel Foods shipped an initial 10 metric tons a few weeks ago.

“The poultry sector is very pleased that after almost one year of being barred from bringing in chicken products to Japan, the latter has already allowed us to recommence export,” said Ruben Pascual, chairman of the Poultry Export Board.

He said San Miguel aims to ship out about 1,000 tons of chicken to Japan for the rest of the year.

“Not that we do not have enough supply but to be candid about it, we’re still testing the market. And that figure is just preliminary. I believe it will be more because of the big interest not only from Japan but also from other markets,” said Pascual.

He said other Philippine exporters were negotiating with buyers and might resume export activities shortly.

Source: Manila Standard
calendar icon 10 July 2006
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