USDA proposes a voluntary trichinae certification program
The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
proposes to establish a voluntary trichinae certification program for US
is rare in the US and currently not required as part of a testing program. The
European Union and other overseas markets, however, require testing for all
imports of fresh pork and fresh pork products.
The proposed voluntary certification program would ensure that American
producers standardise their protocols and offer overseas markets a USDA
certification as to the Trichinella spiralis protections in place at US farms
without having to test every animal and every product.
Trichinella spiralis is a parasitic roundworm found in many warm-blooded
carnivores and omnivores, including swine. Transmission from one host to
another only occurs by the ingestion of infected muscle tissue. The
primary vector for Trichinella spiralis in swine is the consumption of raw meat
waste and, in some cases, the consumption of rodents or other animals.
Under the proposed program, APHIS would certify pork production sites that
follow good production practices to reduce, eliminate or avoid the risk of
exposure of animals to Trichinella spiralis. Good production practices
include feed integrity (such as source of feed and feed storage) and facility
construction and condition as it pertains to biosecurity.
Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted before July 17.
View the full press release from the APHIS
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