Thailand extends MBM supplies from US plants

By Georgi Gyton contact

- Last updated on GMT

An additional 11 plants will be eligible to export to Thailand. Photo credit: gionnixxx
An additional 11 plants will be eligible to export to Thailand. Photo credit: gionnixxx

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An additional 11 meat and bone meal (MBM) facilities in the US have been approved to export to Thailand, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Following audits by Thai officials at the US plants, the eligible list has now grown from four to eight companies, after negotiations between US and Thai officials resulted in new import protocols for MBM products being agreed.

The new facilities eligible for export to Thailand include three JBS Inc facilities, two APC Inc plants, four Pilgrims Inc, and two Smithfield facilities.

According to a Global Agricultural Information Network report from the FAS, Thailand’s MBM imports totalled $152m in 2013 - around 10% of the total market.

It added that trade sources believed these newly approved facilities could contribute an additional $2m-$3m of exports annually.

Thailand imported around $14.5m-worth of MBM imports from the US last year, compared with $33.4m from Italy and $56.6m from Germany.

Related topics: United States, Thailand, Industry & Markets

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