Chickens are processed at a plant of Koyu & Unitek Co. Ltd. (Photo: 99poultry.com)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam will export processed chicken for the first time, starting with Japan, as it has got a go-ahead from the Japanese government and the department of animal health.

On June 23, Norio Kumagai, director general of Japan’s department of animal health (DAH), sent Letter 29/shoouan/1941 to Vietnam’s DAH, stating that Japan will now accept the import of poultry and processed poultry products from Dong Nai-based Koyu & Unitek Co. Ltd.

This is the first time that a business has been allowed to export Vietnamese poultry, especially to Japan, which is known to be one of the most demanding markets in the world.

Pham Van Dong, director of Vietnam’s DAH, told the Nong Nghiep Viet Nam (Vietnam agriculture) newspaper that since June 2016, the DAH has been guiding and supporting Koyu & Unitek to come up with a scheme to “build a self-contained production chain for processed poultry to export to the Japanese market”. The plan was then submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for approval.

The DAH collaborated with Koyu & Unitek and drew up a surveillance plan for poultry diseases and food safety, ensuring that the company’s processing plant complies with Japanese standards.

On May 29-30, Japan’s DAH sent an inspection delegation to Vietnam to observe and evaluate Koyu & Unitek’s poultry production chain. Soon after, the delegation determined that the poultry meets hygiene requirements for export to the Japanese market.

“After a year of negotiations with Japan and preparations to meet their requirements, Vietnam has completed all procedures to export poultry and processed poultry products to Japan, a market which has very strict food safety requirements compared to other countries,” Dong said.

The DAH will continue to help Koyu & Unitek register to export poultry to the European Union and other markets, as well as expand its processing plant in the southeast region of Vietnam.

Enterprises that want to export poultry and poultry products should contact the DAH, which will guide companies on building processing plants with self-contained production chain that can strictly control all stages of production, from breeding to slaughter, to fulfil the requirements of countries importing the products, Dong said. They will have to use advanced technology to meet importers’ requirements on technique, quality and hygiene, he said.-VNA