The US Department of Agriculture is proposing to allow imports of uncooked pork and pork products from regions where Classical Swine Fever (CSF) is considered to exist if the shipments originate in an area free of the disease.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking this action to allow those products mentioned, originally from the US to be shipped for processing to Mexico and then be returned to the US.
Nowadays, these products would only be allowed entry into this country if they had been cooked or cured prior to leaving Mexico, which contains areas where CSF is considered to exist.
Under the proposed rule, uncooked pork and pork products sent to CSF-affected regions for processing and then shipped to the United States must be in closed and sealed containers.
The shipments must be accompanied by a certificate that specifies the products’ region of origin, slaughtering establishment details and the processing establishment to which the products are consigned and the numbers of the seals applied to the shipping containers.