December 8, 2011
Mexico tightens border surveillance against classical swine fever
Mexico's National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA), has stepped up the country's southern border surveillance after a recent outbreak of classical swine fever in Guatemala.
The SENASICA stated that Mexico has been free of classical swine fever since 2009.
Boarder surveillance activities have now been tightened in order to prevent classical swine fever entering the country.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) emphasised that these measures are designed to protect the country's pork industry, estimated at more than 15 million head.
SENASICA reported that it has also strengthened inspection and promotion of non-introduction of live pigs and pork products at the border and, is preventing pork products from being transported on commercial flights from Guatemala.
SENASICA is also promoting reporting of suspected cases, by placing and distributing posters and leaflets.
Finally, the ministry said that within the principles of international collaboration, it has provided Guatemala's agricultural department with diagnostic support and technical advice.