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AGRIBUSINESS: Colombia Loosens U.S. Pork Regulations

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Pork exports have already reached record levels the past couple years and now the ninth largest importer of U.S. pork is loosening its regulations. Colombia is removing all risk-mitigation requirements for trichinae on U.S. pork.

Trichinae is a parasite which can cause trichinosis. It is predominantly found in raw or undercooked meat, including pork.

The country will now recognize the U.S. as "negligible risk" for the round worm. U.S. exports of pork to Colombia have reached more than 26,000 metric tons though October this year.

The National Pork Producers Council are trying to remove trichinae mitigation requirements in Chili, Peru, and Singapore in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.