El Salvador Reopens Border to Guatemalan Pork

The Ministry of Livestock authorized for a year the entrance of live pigs and meat from certified farms.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The authorization was issued after testing showed no traces of swine flu.

According to the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala, it is satisfying to have solved the two year old problem.

After performing the inspection of pork producers by Guatemalan authorities and Plant Health and Animal of El Salvador, the country authorized entry of these meats for not presenting a health risk, extending the certification for one year.

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Pork Commerce Still Blocked

January 2010

El Salvador delayed until January 15 a resolution regarding allowing entrance to Guatemalan pork.

On December 2009, a commission from the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry inspected Guatemalan pork farms, taking samples with them.

Marco Tulio Figueroa, president of Apogua, Guatemala's Pork Producers Association, told Prensalibre.com: "...if there is no solution on behalf of the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry, we will escalate the situation to Sieca (Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration), as it is a trade conflict".

Guatemala Complains to El Salvador for Blocking Pork

November 2009

The Government of Guatemala consulted its Salvadoran homologous for blocking Guatemalan pork.

Rubén Morales, Economy minister, explained they "will study this measure and consult the Salvadoran Government on this situation".

"Apogua, the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala, denounced that El Salvador is blocking the entrance of pork, even though the World Organization for Animal Health certified Guatemala as free from pork flu on October 8th", reported Google News.

Guatemala Set to Resume Pork Exports to El Salvador

February 2010

Guatemalan pig breeders are awaiting permission from the Salvadoran Government to resume exports on February.

They expect to ship the equivalent of 500 animals each week.

Marco Tulio Figueroa, president of Apogua, the Guatemalan Pig Breeders Association, told Sigloxxi.om that “in our industrialized farms, we produce 22 piglets for each one of our 25.000 female pigs; this translates to 550.000 thousand a year and 45.833 per month”.

Japan Recognizes Costa Rica as Free of Swine Flu

January 2014

The Japanese market for pork, organ meats, sausages and pork derivatives coming from Costa Rica has reopened.  

The next step in the process is identifying companies interested in exporting pork products to the Asian nation.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock:

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