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USDA Allows Pork Imports from Mexico

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last week finalized a regulation that will allow all Mexican states to export pork to the U.S., based on a 2016 determination that Mexico is free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), which was eradicated in the U.S. in the late 1970s. APHIS concluded the risk of introducing CSF into the U.S. through Mexican imports of live swine, swine genetics, pork and pork products is negligible, a decision that concurs with the World Organization for Animal Health’s designation. The regulations require pork or pork products be accompanied by a certificate issued by a Mexican government veterinary officer, and the pork or pork products must come from swine raised and slaughtered in regions APHIS considers CSF-free.

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