Brazilian pig states to export more with new FMD status


Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress

Jun 7, 2021


The Brazilian states Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná are now recognised as “free from Foot-and-Mouth Disease without vaccination”. Having received that status, Brazil’s pork export opportunities have grown further.


The new status was granted by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) late May 2021. The recognition was announced during a meeting of the organisation based in Paris, France, and may open new opportunities for Brazilian pork meat and beef exporters.


Up until now, of the main meat producing states in Brazil, only Santa Catarina has held the status “free from FMD without vaccination,” since 2007. As a result, that state is currently responsible for roughly one third of pork production and half of pork shipments from Brazil. That held true, for instance, for the pork that has been shipped to China in recent months to fill the void created by African Swine Fever.


Pig states allowed to export pork


Now also Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul – both in southern Brazil – will be able to export their pork products. The pig industries in both states are likely to increase Brazil’s international pigmeat exports by more than 10% this year, reaching up to 35% in 2022, compared to shipping volumes in 2020.


Ricardo Santin, president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), pointed to shipments of bone-in pork as well as by-products to China...


10% overall growth of pork meat exports ...


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