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Argentine resumes trade in poultry products after detecting HPAI

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One month after the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in (commercial) poultry -reason for which Argentine temporarily lost its status as a country free of the disease and therefore self-suspended poultry product exports, complying with international standards - the National Agro-Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) began negotiating with the purchasing countries to reestablish the markets.

Posted on Apr 03 ,00:15

Argentine resumes trade in poultry products after detecting HPAI

HPAI was an exotic disease for Argentine, therefore Senasa certified in exports that the products came from a country free of this disease. In this regard, since March 1, Senasa began work together with the Foreign Ministry to establish contact with trade partners, with whom open negotiations are being held to achieve readjustment of export certificates.

"We are working to readjust the certificates to the new sanitary condition with the purchasing countries and thus unlock what are the exports of poultry meat, by-products, egg products and eggs", explained the vice president of Senasa, Rodolfo Acerbi.

For his part, the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Juan José Bahillo, highlighted "the coordination actions of all agencies to strengthen the surveillance and control system throughout the country".

In this sense, Argentine participated in the last meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization, held last week in Geneva, where the International Relations coordinator of the Organization, Miguel Donatelli presented an update on the health evolution regarding this disease and additionally held bilateral meetings with the main buyer countries of Argentine poultry products such as China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Vietnam, explaining the position of the Agency to restore trade and where these countries stood out the transparency with which the problem was addressed.

For those products that do not carry risk, such as thermo-processed poultry, powdered or pasteurized eggs, since these treatments inactivate the HPAI virus, progress has been made and they can be exported.

"We are aiming to guarantee another scheme, where there is a case in commercial birds, restrict a specific radius to the maximum and in this way, be able to allow the rest of the area that is free of the disease to commercialize. This is what we are proposing to our main buyers with whom we are negotiating to update the certificate that guarantees this export to continue with the trade", explained Donatelli regarding the control and prevention measures.

Regarding the reopening of markets for poultry products, Uruguay approved last Fryday the new export certificates for pre-fried meat, hydrolyzed viscera, egg products, canned poultry and pork meat and fresh meat, and products based on poultry meat from Argentine.

After Argentine self-suspended its exports of both meat and eggs, agreements were also reached to resume shipments to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Japan and some African countries of fresh poultry meat from disease-free areas where Senasa is a great pillar for these negotiations.

Likewise, work is being done on sanitary negotiations to restore exports of avian genetics to Mercosur countries and Mexico, in compliance with international recommendations for the exchange of these goods.

In the same direction, between April 19 and 22, Senasa will participate in a meeting that will be held by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) in Mexico with all the American countries to make an evaluation of the different tools to fight against this disease, including the vaccine, and its impact on trade.

This meeting will be a preamble to what will happen in May at the Ordinary Meeting of the Annual Assembly of WOAH Delegates with all its members, in Paris, where avian influenza will be a central issue, since it not only occurs in Argentine, but different countries of the world go through this situation.

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