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SENASA Bans Pork Products from Labardén Due to Trichinosis

by 5m Editor
24 July 2013, at 8:10am

ARGENTINA - The National Health Service and Food Quality Service (SENASA) has banned the sale of pig and pig meat products from a local producer of Labardén due to suspicions of an outbreak of trichinosis which affected several people consuming pork products from the region.

Health centers in the towns of Maipú and Labardén were able to confirm symptoms of trichinosis in humans.

SENASA found a total 20 piglets to be affected, reporting that the producer from Labardén had bred them under unsanitary conditions.

With the report of suspicion of the disease by health centers, there has been a series of coordinated interaction between Rural Zoonoses Department and SENASA, in response to the procedures of the National Epidemiological Surveillance System, which led to the identification of the producer.

SENASA recomments purchasing meat only from licensed facilities and has reminded producers to fulfill all health conditions established at municipal, provincial and national levels, and to meet respective health vaccination plans.

Also, establishments for slaughtering pigs and development of products are required to be authorized by the respective government bodies that regulate such activities and they, in turn, must conduct a mandatory review of enzymatic digestion of all animals intended for food processing.