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BRF makes first shipment of pork to Japan

BRF is to make the first shipment of pork from a Brazilian company to Japan. The first 25-ton container was shipped on Sunday, July 14, according to vice president of corporate affairs at BRF, Wilson Mello.

After about seven years of negotiations, Japan recognized the state of Santa Catarina as free of FMD without vaccination last May. This opened the country up to pork produced in the state.

According to BRF, the order was made by Mitsubishi, one of the largest players in the meat industry in Japan. The Japanese trading company has imported chicken produced by BRF for several years. "BRF hopes to develop the same partnership in pork with Mitsubishi that it has in chicken," said Mello.

Besides a unit in Campos Novos, BRF's plant in Herval D'Oeste (Santa Catarina) has also been authorized to export pork to the Japanese market. Mello did not say what volume of pork BRF expects to export to Japan, but he did say they expect to make monthly exports of the product.

Information provided by Valor Econômico

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