August 4, 2014
The US and Canada's live pig exports to Japan will be subjected to new certification requirements to control the spread of the PED virus.
Japan announces the recent development to a World Trade Organisation committee.
Under the new Japanese requirements, exporters will need to certify swine from facilities in which there has been no clinical evidence of PEDV for at least twelve months. The exported pigs must be tested negative for the virus during the period of pre-export isolation and inspection.
Jamie Schmidt, the president of Iowa Pork Producers, believes the country's concerns are valid, but said that trade officials need to make sure it doesn't become a long term trade barrier.