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U.S. lifts ban on pork imports from Mexico
CHICAGO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule recognizing Mexico free of
Classical Swine Fever (CSF), which will allow all states in
Mexico to export pork to the United States, the agency said in a
release on Friday.
At the request of Mexico’s government, USDA's Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed a thorough
review, which included updating its initial risk assessment in
2016 following a 2015 site visit.
As a result, APHIS determined that the risk of introducing
CSF into the United States through imports of live swine, swine
genetics, pork and pork products is very low, the agency said.
It added that those items can safely be imported following
the conditions outlined in APHIS’s import regulations, while
still protecting the United States against CSF.
CSF is a highly contagious viral disease in pigs that was
eradicated from the United States in the late 1970s.
The U.S. pork industry strongly supports free trade and the
use of epidemiological science and risk analyses to determine if
trade can be safely conducted between countries, said National
Pork Producers Council President Ken Maschhoff.
“Mexico in 2017 was our No. 2 export market, so maintaining
our good relationship with that country by ensuring fair and
reciprocal trade is paramount for our producers,” said
Last year's pork exports to Mexico through November totaled
726,717 metric tons. That accounted for nearly a third of the
total U.S. export volume and was valued at $1.37 billion,
according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
(Reporting by Theopolis Waters; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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