Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, welcomed the agreement reached with the veterinary authorities in Vietnam to allow for the importation of fresh and frozen pork meat from Ireland.
Access to the Vietnamese market has been identified as a priority target by the Irish pigmeat industry. The Minister confirmed that this agreement was concluded after a concerted technical and diplomatic effort by his department, in conjunction with the Irish Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD).
The agreement means that a total of five Irish pig processing establishments have been accredited to produce pork for export to Vietnam, while another establishment has been approved for cutting. A veterinary health certificates has also been agreed.
Tuesday September 2, 2014/ Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine/ Ireland.