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Mexico: integral biosecurity to prevent the entry of ASF

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) is implementing actions for the prevention of ASF in entry points such as ports, airports and borders, and it is strict with the imports of non-pork products from countries with positive cases.

Tuesday 16 July 2019 (1 months 5 days ago)
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The National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) detailed that the program includes, as its first step, preventive actions, such as the surveillance in ports, airports and borders, and strict health requirements for the import of non-pork agricultural and livestock products from countries with ASF-positive cases.

The organization pertaining to the SADER has strengthened the epidemiologic surveillance tasks and has a net that includes 16 high-security laboratories strategically located in the Mexican territory to carry out the tests needed in case that the producers notify suspicious cases.

In positive cases, the third barrier, and the control and eradication actions would be implemented, and they include the immediate study of the cases and outbreaks, an epidemiological tracking, and the control of mobilisation, quarantine, culling, disinfection and repopulation processes.

The general manager of the Animal Health Area at the SENASICA, Mr Juan Gay Gutiérrez, celebrated that the production sector, represented in this case by the Organisation of Pig Producers of Mexico (OPOPA) and the legislators of the Stockbreeding Commission, join the SADER's actions to prevent the entry of the disease that has caused the culling of millions of pigs since 2018, mainly in Asia.

Mr Juan Gay Gutiérrez welcomed the proposal of the OPORPA of contributing to strengthen the health inspection in the main commercial locations in the country. Likewise, he pointed out that the integration of the Health Contingencies Fund, that will be encouraged by the Stockbreeding Commission during the next budgetary discussion, will help to provide certainty to the small producers, so they notify the suspicious cases that they detect on their farms.

Thursday, June 27th, 2019/ SADER/ Mexico.
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