A move by New Zealand will allow the United States to export cooked turkey products to the island nation. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports a new veterinary certificate approved by New Zealand authorities will open the market. New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries approved the agreement after two years of direct negotiations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The process of opening the pathway for U.S. turkey products in New Zealand actually began in 2002 with USDA and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Meatingplace says the lack of competitive local production has made New Zealand a potentially positive market for U.S. turkeys even though efforts were held up because of health concerns from New Zealand officials.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.