Proposal would let Korea export poultry products to U.S.

December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service is proposing to add the Republic of Korea to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S.

Reviews by FSIS of Korea’s laws, regulations and inspection implementation show that its poultry inspection system requirements are equivalent to the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Under the proposal, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments would be eligible for export to the U.S. All such products would be subject to re-inspection at U.S. ports-of-entry by FSIS inspectors.

If approved for export to the U.S., Korea has stated its immediate intention to export two types of ginseng chicken stew to the U.S. — Jeukseok Smagyetang and Gohyang Samgyetang, which are ready-to-eat poultry products.

FSIS noted that given the limited market in the U.S. for this product, and the projected export volume of the product from Korea, the impact on the U.S. economy “is likely to be very small.”

Comments on the proposal must be received on or before Jan. 28, 2013. More information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Andreas Keller, director, International Equivalence Staff, Office of International Affairs at 202-690-5646.

The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on Nov. 27. It can be accessed at


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