The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that bring more competition to Yucatan’s pork industry.
The change would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, bringing more potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage.
The APHIS currently recognizes nine Mexican states as free of classical swine fever (CFS), thus eligible to send pork to the U.S.: Yucatan, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa and Sonora. The new rule would incorporate the additional states of Aguascalientes, Colima, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas into a zone showing a low risk for CSF, and from which exports could be allowed under certain conditions.
CSF, also known as hog cholera, is a highly contagious viral disease of swine that was eradicated in the United States in 1978 after a 16-year campaign.