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Philippines approves imports of South Korean processed meat

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South Korea's agriculture ministry said Monday it has received an approval for sales of processed meats in the Philippines.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines on quarantine protocols about processed meats, such as chicken soup and sausages.

The ministry said it hopes to expand sales of the Korean ginseng chicken soup, called "samgyetang," and other packaged foods in the emerging market on the back of the popularity of the Korean pop culture and dramas among young Filipinos.

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

Products designed for exports are usually precooked and shipped in cans and other packages so they can be eaten easily.

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