US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) APHIS is proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products to define a low-risk classical swine fever region in Mexico from which USDA would allow the importation of fresh pork and pork products under certain conditions.
Under this proposed rule, such pork and pork products would have to be derived from swine raised on farms meeting stringent sanitary and biosecurity requirements, reports the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
USDA would also provide safeguards against commingling of the swine and the pork and pork products with animals and products that do not meet the proposed requirements.
Establishments that slaughter the swine from which the pork or pork products are derived would have to allow periodic inspection and evaluation of their facilities, records, and operations by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This proposed rule would relieve some restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from Mexico while continuing to protect against the introduction of classical swine fever into the United States.
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