NPPC Welcomes Implementation of Australian Pork Import Risk Assessment

by 5m Editor
11 May 2004, at 12:00am

WASHINGTON - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today welcomed the implementation of Australia’s Import Risk Analysis on pork. “This is great news for America’s pork producers,“ said NPPC President Keith Berry, a pork producer from Greencastle, Indiana. “There is significant potential in Australia for U.S. pork exports, which is why NPPC has been working tirelessly to obtain access to this market.“

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Berry said he wanted to thank U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Chief Agriculture Trade Negotiator Allen Johnson and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, and their respective staffs, for their outstanding efforts on behalf of pork producers. “I also want to thank members of Congress from both sides of the aisle for their vigilance in ensuring this result," he said.

This risk assessment provides access for processed U.S. pork or frozen unprocessed U.S. pork exported to Australia for further processing. However, according to Berry, U.S. pork producers are extremely disappointed that the Australian risk assessment unfairly limits U.S. pork to the processed pork market in Australia. However, Berry said that U.S. pork producers are leaving that battle for a different day. He noted that even with these unjustified restrictions, Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes has estimated that U.S. pork exports to Australia could exceed $50 million annually.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is one of the nation's largest livestock commodity organizations. It has producer members in 44 affiliated state associations and provides a unified voice for America's pork producers on a wide

Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) - 10th May 2004

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