Ban on U.S. Pork Offal Lifted by Vietnam

Vietnam has notified USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service that it will accept pork offal exports from the U.S. The National Pork Producers Council worked closely with U.S. and Vietnamese government officials on lifting the ban to U.S. pork variety meat exports and calls this a huge victory for the U.S. pork industry. But NPPC says other obstacles to trade with Vietnam remain - including Circular 25 - which requires U.S. exporters to provide the Vietnamese government with confidential, company-specific information that is cumbersome and irrelevant to ensuring food safety. NPPC says only a small number of U.S. companies are eligible to export pork to Vietnam due to the burdensome nature of Circular 25. NPPC is continuing to work hard in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to achieve the elimination of all tariffs and non-tariff barriers in Vietnam.

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