MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government has approved the importation of beef from Japan, according to the Japanese embassy.
In a statement, the Japanese embassy in the Philippines said the Japanese and Philippine governments have recently completed negotiations on animal health conditions to import Japanese beef. Talks have been on-going since 2004.
"Local governments and Animal Quarantine Service of Japan (AQS) will start issuing the corresponding certificates which are required to be accompanied with beef after Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) inform the local governments and AQS," the embassy said.
The embassy said this means Japanese beef imports to the Philippines will start soon, but did not give an exact date.
The importation of Japanese beef are subject to the following conditions: exclusion of specified risk material; no restriction for age in months; and the slaughtered animal should not have been subjected to pithing or stunning with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity.
Another condition is that the Japanese beef should have been slaughtered and cut in meat establishments accredited to export to the Philippines.
There are five meat establishments for the Philippines, namely:
1) Hida Meat Center and Hida Meat Agricultural cooperatives
2) Shiga Meat Center
3) MIYACHIKU Corp., Ltd. Tsuno Plant
4) Minami Kyushu Chikusan Kogyo Corp,.Ltd
5) Akune Meat Distribution Center Co., Ltd and STARZEN Meat Processor Co., Ltd. Akune Plant.