Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA) said that Japanese authorities had agreed to allow exports from the state of Santa Catarina, which is recognised by Japan as free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The decision makes Brazil the first country to be granted permission to export to Japan from an FMD-free zone.
"Until now, Japan accepted only imports of meat animals susceptible to the disease if the country was entirely free," explained MAPA secretary of international relations Celio Porto.
MAPA will now submit a list of exporting establishments that meet the Japan’s sanitary requirements to the Japanese authorities. Exports will begin once this list has been approved.
The opening of the Japanese market will provide a welcome boost to Brazilian pork exports, which have been in decline since Ukraine implemented a ban on Brazilian pork earlier this year.
Ukraine, which was the second-biggest importer of Brazilian pork, claimed that the ban was implemented after officials found listeria bacteria in shipments from Brazil.