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Products Recognised as Safe

Good news for Italian exports from the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which has official recognised pork products from Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Piedmont, and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano as free of Teschen virus. This recognition is a fundamental first step for Italian cured meat exports (salami, coppe, bacon, speck) to the United States, which at the moment only permit entrance to products like cooked ham and mortadella.

Lisa Ferrarini, president of ASSICA, stated that “we have worked hard for a long time for effective solutions to resolve the problem of limitations on Italian cured meat exports, including pork and other fresh products. Estimated sales losses, only in the US, equal some 2,000 tonnes, and damages to processing companies are worth around 18 million euros per year.” US authorities declared that they evaluated risks from the importation of briefly-aged cured pork meat from Italy, and that surveillance, prevention, and control measures are satisfactory for the authorisation of export procedures for Italian cured meats.