The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Oct. 25 that it will lift restrictions on imports of some fresh and frozen pork from Poland that were imposed Oct. 18 due to potential risk from African swine fever. APHIS states that after an expeditious review of Poland’s export protocols it is lifting restrictions on all establishments located in the contiguous free zones. However, restrictions remain on raw product and heat treated (but not fully cooked) product from two establishments while APHIS completes a more thorough review.
APHIS states that there is minimal animal health risk posed by any pork products imported recently from Poland and no human health risk, as humans are not susceptible to ASF. However, APHIS continues to work to ensure consistency with the stringent, longstanding safeguards in place that protect U.S. animal health from ASF. APHIS is also working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to enhance the screening of passenger baggage coming from Poland or any ASF-affected country to ensure that restricted products are not brought into the U.S.
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