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EU, promising market of Vietnamese chicken meat

Hanoi, September 28 (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam had a working session in Hanoi on September 28 with the Dutch company Jan Zandbergen, and some partners exporting livestock products to the EU. 

The Dutch company Jan Zandbergen’s representative said that the EU’s 500 million people market has high demand for chicken meat and it currently imports the meat mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Ukraine. 

In 2017, the EU has a demand for 950,000 tonnes of chicken meat, 85 percent of which is chicken breast. Jan Zandbergen plans to import 85,000 tonnes of poultry, pork and beef worth 400 million EUR. 

Jan Zandbergen’s representative advised Vietnam to export processed chicken meat to the EU, as when the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement takes effect, tax will be cut to zero percent and no EU quota will be put on Vietnamese chicken meat. 

However, he stressed that Vietnamese firms should meet all requirements in quarantine, especially food safety regulations, origin and disease tracking rules. 

Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health said that Vietnam has issued the Animal Health Law and 13 legal documents in the field and the country has full capacity to satisfy all requirements of choosy markets, including Japan. 

Dong proposed that Jan Zandbergen consider investing in building a processing facility of the EU standards in Vietnam. 

Deputy Minister Tam said that Vietnam has shipped the first batch of chicken breast to Japan after meeting all strict requirements in food safety. 

He hoped that Vietnam would export chicken meat to the EU and other tough markets soon.