The National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) announced its measures to prevent the introduction of PED into Mexico through a press release issued on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
SENASICA’s press release announced that the agency would:
1. Restrict the import of live swine from the United States with the objective of reviewing on a case-by-case basis the necessary zoosanitary requirements.
2. Request additional technical information regarding the outbreak from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), what counter-measures are being taken, and what risk mitigation measures are being taken for U.S. exported live swine.
3. Maintain epidemiological monitoring in swine production areas to identify any abnormal swine mortality rates.
4. Although there is a low chance that live swine imported from the United States before May 17, 2013, are symptomatic, the animals will remain under quarantine.
5. SENASICA personnel are researching imported live swine from the United States for the 3 month period prior to the outbreak and have not found any positive cases. SENASICA acknowledges that PED is a non-reportable OIE disease and that Secretary Martinez of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food (SAGARPA) has directed SENASICA to maintain communications with USDA until epidemiological investigation results are concluded and with the Mexican pork sector to continue coordinating prevention efforts.
The announcement goes further to say that PED can be introduced by animals and contaminated equipment and that Mexican producers should remain vigilant with their operational biosecurity measures.
Tuesday June 25, 2013/ SENASICA/ Mexico.