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U.S. lifts ban on pork imports from Mexico

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Staff Writer | January 13, 2018
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule recognizing Mexico free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF).
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That will allow all states in Mexico to export pork to the United States, the agency said.

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.