USDA Lifts Restrictions On Pork Imports From Poland
Sunday, November 11, 2018
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) lifted its temporary restrictions on imports of fresh and frozen pork from Poland that were put in place on Oct. 18 due to concerns over export protocols following an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
ASF is a highly transmissible, trade-limiting pig disease. As ASF continues to spread rapidly across eastern Europe and China, efforts to keep the highly contagious disease out of the U.S. continue to increase.
“The disease risk underscores the need for the United States to be better prepared to address foreign animal diseases, including by establishing a more robust vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), another trade-limiting disease endemic in many parts of the world,” says Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council’s chief veterinarian.
USDA continues to work to ensure consistency with the stringent, longstanding safeguards in place that protect U.S. animal health from ASF. USDA uses a strong series of interlocking protections against the entry of animal diseases like ASF, including restricting the entry of pork and pork products from ASF-affected countries or regions.
In addition, USDA is working with Customs and Border Protection staff to enhance screening of passenger baggage coming from Poland or any ASF-affected country to ensure restricted products are not brought into the U.S.