Restrictions imposed on swine commodities of Thailand due to ASF

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Unprocessed pork products and by-products imported from Thailand as cargo will not be permitted to enter unless consigned to an USDA approved establishment

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is adding Thailand to the list of countries it considers affected by African swine fever. Import of live swine, swine germplasm and unprocessed products and by-products were already prohibited due to the presence of other swine diseases in Thailand. 

Until further notice:

  • Import of live swine and swine germplasm continues to remain prohibited.
  • Processed pork products and by-products imported from Thailand as cargo must be accompanied by a VS import permit and/or government certification or both confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.
  • Processed pork products and by-products imported from Thailand in passenger baggage must: 
    • Be shelf stable as a result of APHIS approved packaging and cooking (i.e., packed in hermetically sealed containers and cooked by a commercial method after such packing to produce articles that are shelf stable without refrigeration) or
    • Be accompanied by a VS import permit and/or government certification or both confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Unprocessed pork products and by-products imported from Thailand as cargo will not be permitted to enter unless consigned to an USDA approved establishment.

Unprocessed pork products and by-products entering/imported from Thailand in passenger baggage are prohibited, except for fully taxidermy finished trophies or not-fully finished trophies that are consigned to a USDA approved establishment.

Source: USDA APHIS, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. The opinions of this writer are not necessarily those of Farm Progress/Informa.

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