Cooked poultry products will return to commissaries in South Korea by early September, following a change in the country’s embargo on poultry products from the United States.
The embargo, which had restricted the import of poultry products since December, was put in place over fears of the spread of avian influenza.
However, in July, the USDA issued a revision to the South Korean embargo to allow heat-treated poultry products from the U.S. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) soon placed orders with U.S. suppliers to restock commissaries in South Korea with cooked poultry products.
“Frozen dinners, pot pies, nuggets, lunch meats, franks, Lunchables and other popular cooked poultry products will begin to arrive by early September,” Wayne Walk, DeCA’s zone manager in Korea, told EPR Retail News. “With school starting back up, this is great timing for parents packing lunches and for anyone looking for easy-to-prepare meals.”
Uncooked poultry from the U.S. is still restricted by the embargo, but DeCA has alternate sources for uncooked poultry to replace many of the items it previously received from U.S. suppliers.
According to Walk, fresh, uncooked chicken and eggs from Korea are stocked. Commissaries also began offering chicken from Australia earlier in August.