Key Topic – CSF Rule for Mexico
CSF Rule for Mexico
– In July 2014, USDA-APHIS published a proposed rule that addresses Mexico’s status with regard to classical swine fever (CSF). APHIS currently recognizes nine Mexican states as CSF-free. The proposed rule would recognize the remainder of Mexico, with the exception of the state of Chiapas, as a low-risk region for CSF. If the rule is adopted, the U.S. would allow pork imports from all Mexican states except Chiapas. However, imports from the low-risk region would be subject to certain conditions, including documentation that all pork and pork products were derived from herds in which CSF antigen exposure has not been detected and that these herds are tested annually for CSF antibodies. Comments on the proposed rule were due Sept. 29, 2014, but no further action has been taken by APHIS.
Canada recently recognized Mexico as being entirely CSF-free, but there has still been no further action in the APHIS proceeding mentioned above.