USMEF Weekly Audio: African Swine Fever in DR Heightens Need for Regionalization Agreements
Last week’s confirmation of African swine fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic was the first in the Western Hemisphere in 40 years. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom says that while the ASF findings are very concerning, the U.S. industry is well-prepared for these situations and extensive safeguards are in place to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd. He notes that the DR is an outstanding market for U.S. pork and he does not expect ASF to slow U.S. exports.
Halstrom emphasized, however, that ASF in the DR definitely heightens the need for the U.S. to reach regionalization protocols with key trading partners. These agreements are designed to allow exports to continue from non-impacted areas in the event of an animal disease outbreak in the United States. Along with industry partners such as the National Pork Producers Council, USMEF has urged U.S. ag and trade officials to make regionalization protocols a top priority.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
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Vice President, Communications
U.S. Meat Export Federation