The outbreak of swine diarrhea which affected the pork cultivation sector has led to a greater consumer preference for imported meat.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (Procomer):
Japan is the largest importer of pork in the world, the fifth of pork sausages and sixth largest consumer of pork. Currently, domestic production covers only half the demand, therefore the remainder has to be imported.
Alerts have been issued over a new outbreak of the PEDv disease which a year after its first identification in the country has raised prices of pork to historic levels.
The appearance of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Disease (PEDv,) on a farm in Indiana, United States, has started to generate concern in the industry about the possibility of a new massive infection and pork meat production being affected. A year ago, this same virus caused the reduction of 10% of the pig population in the United States and a rise in prices to record levels.
The elimination of classical swine fever and avian salmonellosis has made the Aztec country a stronger competitor in pork and poultry in international markets.
A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) declared Mexico free of avian salmonellosis and classical swine fever on 14 August.
From May 13 the country will be declared free of classic swine fever.
Dr. Marvin Rodriguez, head of epidemiological surveillance department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAG), confirmed that for the last five years, the virus which transmits the disease has not circulated in pig populations in Nicaragua.