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Japan allows imports of processed poultry from South Korea

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Japan has allowed imports of processed poultry from South Korea, which may pave the way for exports of chicken soup, sausage and other food products to the neighboring nation, the agriculture ministry in Seoul said.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has reached an agreement on quarantine measures on Korean processed poultry, following six years of negotiations.

Three Korean companies registered with the Japanese quarantine authority will be allowed to export cooked poultry, as well ham, sausage and samgyetang.

Samgyetang is a traditional chicken soup made with a whole young chicken stuffed with ginseng, sticky rice and garlic. It is widely consumed in the country as an energy-boosting meal during the summer months.

The ministry said it will step up sanitary and quarantine measures on local farms and support their overseas marketing efforts.

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