China To Allow Imports of Samgyetang

David Lee, March 21, 2016, 7:58 a.m.

China will for the first time permit imports of samgyetang or chicken soup with ginseng during the first half of this year. China previously banned it because it classifies ginseng as a medicinal herb. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Sunday that in a recent meeting with the China Food and Drug Administration in Beijing, the two sides agreed to liberalize the trade and meet once a year to review it. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a meeting with President Park Geun-hye last year promised to allow imports of Korean kimchi, rice and samgyetang. Samgyetang consists primarily of a whole young chicken (poussin) - filled with garlic and rice -, scallion and spices, among them jujube and Korean ginseng.


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