Mexico boosts greater participation for pig farmers in the Japanese market
Annually, Mexico produces more than 1.6 million tons of pork, of which more than 100,000 tons are exported to the Japanese market, which is the gateway to countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia, Brunei, New Zealand , Singapore and Vietnam.
Through a virtual seminar, officials from both agencies spoke with secretaries of the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Yucatán, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora and Veracruz and with representatives of the pork industry about the advantages acquired by producers who venture into the Japanese market, which is considered the gateway to countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.
The representative of Agriculture in Japan, José Alberto Cuellar, pointed out that the export of pork to the Asian country represents the greatest success story of Mexican pig farmers, since more than one hundred thousand tons are sent annually.
He specified that in 2020, the export was 104 thousand tons, so it is estimated that last year it would have closed with just over 112 thousand tons, for an economic value of around 516 million dollars.
He indicated that Mexico has maintained a growing presence and trend in that market, thanks to the trust that exists in the Mexican zoosanitary system, as well as the quality and safety of the meat produced in the country.
The director-in-chief of the National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (Senasica), Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, indicated that Mexico is free of the main diseases of importance to the pork meat trade, such as foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever and classical swine fever.
Therefore, since 2015 the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) recognized the entire national territory as eligible to enter the export protocol of meat, organ meats, offal, processed meat products, cartilage and its derivatives, blood products and pancreatic enzymes.
Mexico and Japan, he indicated, have an equivalent inspection system, which allows Senasica to evaluate and list Federal Inspection Type establishments (TIF) that meet the requirements of the Japanese market, such as maximum residue limits for veterinary products, sterilization of utensils at 83 degrees Celsius and packaging areas physically separated from process zones.
The general director of Trade Facilitation and Foreign Trade, Dora Rodríguez Romero, emphasized that the Government of Mexico has as a priority to share strategic information with its productive sector on the possibilities offered by international markets and the importance of diversifying them.
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