Guatemala and the Possibility of Exporting Pork Meat

Guatemalan authorities will meet with a committee of the World Organization for Animal Health, in order to declare the country free of classical swine fever and restart foreign sales.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The restrictions date back many years, since in 2011 the countries of the region established barriers to the entry of pork from Guatemala, after the presence of Classical Swine Fever was detected.

Regarding the actions being carried out by the government, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) reported that "next May 29 a commission is scheduled to travel to France to meet with the scientific committee of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to review the documentation that the country has submitted.

See “Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

According to MAGA, when the scientific committee approves the dossier, the OIE will have to issue an opinion declaring Guatemala free of classical swine fever.

Carlos Zuástegui, manager of the Guatemalan Pig Farmers Association (Apogua), explained to that "... the required information has already been sent and that since 2013 efforts have been made in accordance with OIE regulations to eradicate the disease. After six years of efforts, it takes more than US$25 million to eradicate this disease (according to MAGA, it's Q40 million)."

Zuástegui added that "... currently only processed products are exported, but not live animals or fresh meat, so when the market is opened it hopes to increase production as well as investment in the sector.

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