Source: National Pork Producers Council
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service this week updated the export requirements for U.S. pork access to Barbados. The change makes fresh/frozen and cooked pork and pork products officially eligible for export to the island nation.
Barbados has accepted the use of the U.S. pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program sourcing as a means to meet trichinae mitigation requirements, which allows for the shipment of fresh chilled pork products without testing, freezing or cooking. Previously, wild boar was the only pork product that could be exported to Barbados.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States has been shipping minimal volumes of frozen pork to Barbados over the past few years. The country’s 186% duty on pork products — except ribs and some cuts for hotels — continues to be the biggest hurdle to the market. For more information, visit the FSIS Export Library.