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Hungarian pork exports were the focus of talks between Hungarian and Japanese officials in Budapest on Friday. The Hungarian foreign ministry’s commissioner for coordination and development of external markets pressed for the application of regionalisation – the practice of banning exports of animals only from regions in which they are affected by outbreaks, rather than whole countries – to pork, the same as poultry, at the talks with the head of the Japanese farm ministry’s Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau.
Hungary was the first country in the European Union to agree with Japan on adopting regionalisation, but only for poultry, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry is in talks on regionalisation with China, Vietnam and South Korea, too. The success of the talks could translate into tens of billions of forints of new exports orders for Hungarian companies.