Key Topic – CSF Rule for Mexico
announced that it is proposing to recognize Mexico as free of CSF. APHIS also noted that it is withdrawing a previous proposed rule (see above) that would have recognized a low-risk CSF region in Mexico. Since the “low-risk region” rule was proposed in 2014, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recognized Mexico as CSF-free, which prompted the Mexican government to request that APHIS suspend its 2014 rulemaking and continue evaluating Mexico’s CSF status. APHIS reopened its evaluation and conducted a site visit in 2015, the findings of which support recognition of CSF-free status for the entire nation of Mexico. APHIS will accept comments in this proceeding through Oct. 10, 2017. Instructions for filing comments and other details are available in this Federal Register notice. When responding to media inquiries on this proceeding, USMEF has said this: While it is possible that recognizing Mexico as CSF-free could create new opportunities for Mexican pork products in the U.S. market, it is important that these decisions are based on sound scientific principles, just as the U.S. expects from its trading partners. In the long run, science-based trade policies benefit all countries – including both the U.S. and Mexico – that are committed to growing their red meat industries through exports and free trade.