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Japan likely to lift ban on Indonesian chicken products

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Japan may consider lifting its import ban on Indonesian poultry and its related products this year, an Agriculture Ministry official has said.

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Agriculture Ministry director general for livestock and animal health, Syukur Irwanto, said recently the Japanese government had informed his ministry it would send experts on August 24, to audit three Indonesian poultry companies that might export processed chicken products to Japan.

"It is a very good sign because it means Japan may be one step closer to a decision to lift its import ban on our poultry products," Mr. Irwanto told The Jakarta Post.

Mr. Irwanto said the Japanese experts would check the companies’ safety procedures from their day-old chick breeding to the manufacturing of processed chicken products. He said the three companies were PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia, PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia and PT Sierad Produce. ■

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