Proceso Digital reported statements by the Secretary of Health of Honduras, Carlos Aguila: "We will continue to import pork from these countries based on scientific judgment that there is no risk in pork consumption because cooking it kills the virus and eliminates any risk."
In response to Government approval for the entry of Canadian beef, beef and pork producers have signaled their displeasure with the move.
Producers received the news via a statement released by the Canadian government and lamented that the Government had not listened to their requests on several occasions about not opening the market up to Canadian beef.
The measure announced by the Salvadoran government applies to the import of live pigs, meat and meat products.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance of El Salvador:
The prohibition of the importation of pigs from Guatemala is being maintained
The Directorate General of Livestock, at the Ministry of Agriculture reports that the restriction on the import of live pigs will be maintained, as well as fresh, cured, frozen meat, semen or other genetic material of porcine origin, from Guatemala.
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”.
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