Pork Traceability to Reduce Illegal Trade

In order to improve the sector's production management and guarantee safe pork trade, the Guatemalan government is moving forward with the implementation of the Official Pork Traceability Program.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The program, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (Maga), consists of placing radiofrequency button-type and flag-type devices for breeding animals.

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With these actions, the authorities intend to reduce illegal trade, as it is estimated that pork smuggling locally amounts to four thousand animals per week.

David Orellana, technical advisor of the Association of Pig Farmers of Guatemala (Apogua) told Prensalibre.com that "... the road to pork traceability has been slow because several entities are involved and it is essential because it will allow the country to advance in the management to achieve its recognition as a country free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), before the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)."

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When the program is completed, the authorities will be able to intercept trucks with live animals, which will be verified if they have the corresponding device and papers, and if they do not present them, it will be assumed that they are of dubious origin, explained Orellana.

The article states that "... Jessica Lopez, coordinator of Maga's National Livestock Traceability System, called on the Guatemalan production sector to start the registration process as soon as possible."

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