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The US open up to Brazilian pork

Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Mendes Ribeiro Filho, has announced the opening of the US market to Brazilian pork. The USDA has recognized the equivalence of the Brazilian inspection service for pork and authorized slaughterhouses in Santa Catarina to export fresh pork.

"This is extraordinary for the economy," said the Minister, on the telephone to Governor Raimundo Colombo, of Santa Catarina state, the only Brazilian state to be internationally recognized as free of FMD without vaccination. "The Russian embargo has hurt us a lot. Now we have gone to another level," he added afterwards, to journalists.

For states free of FMD with vaccination, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service has authorized slaughterhouses to export cooked and processed pork, as long as the processing occurs in establishments registered by the Federal Inspection Service (SIF) and qualified as producers of raw materials. In other states, the Ministry of Agriculture will continue to supervise slaughterhouses. Next week an official list will be issued with six plants owned by three companies, in Santa Catarina, that will be able to start selling to the United States.

Recognition by the USA could help break down barriers in negotiations that have gone on for years with two of the world's largest pork importers - Japan and South Korea, markets than import more than US$ 1 billion of the product a year.

Information provided by Agencia Brasil



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