Colombia gains approval to export pork to Cuban market

Apr 03, 2023

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and the National Institute of Drug and Food Surveillance (Invima) announced recently that it had gained approval to export pork to the Cuban market. Approval was attained after specifying with the National Center for Animal Health of Cuba (Cenasa) the health certificate that endorses the exports of meat and meat products of the swine species.

To gain approval, Colombian exporters have to show that the animals from which the meat comes presented their respective sanitary mobilization guide at the time of arrival at the authorised plant, and that they were transported directly from the farm of origin to the benefit plant in a vehicle previously washed and disinfected and without having contact with other animals with lower sanitary condition for export.

The animals must also come from properties located in areas, regions or compartments free of classical swine fever, recognized by the OMSA. The meat must be obtained and prepared without coming into contact with other meats that do not meet the conditions required for export.

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