Chile approves US poultry imports
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced that
Chile's Livestock and Agricultural Service has approved the US inspection,
control and certification systems for poultry, allowing these products to enter
the Chilean market effective immediately.
"This agreement represents a strong foothold for US poultry exports to
South America," said Schafer. "Without the benefit of the US-Chile Free Trade
Agreement, the common ground for expanding US poultry exports to Chile would
have been weakened. Trade agreements not only increase two-way trade by
providing duty-free access and sharing of standards among the United States and
our trading partners, these agreements also open new markets for US farmers and
Under this agreement, slaughterhouses, cold-storage plants, and processing
facilities of poultry that are officially reported by the USDA's Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS) will be incorporated into the list of commercial
establishments approved to export their products to Chile. The agreement also
includes regular on-site audits by Chile's Livestock and Agricultural Service
(SAG) to verify the inspection, control and certification systems.
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