While porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is certainly having a substantial impact on U.S. pork production, it has so far resulted in very few obstacles for exports of U.S. pork. As Paul Clayton, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for export services explains, PEDv poses no threat to food safety and is not a reportable disease under World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines.
To date, no major importers of U.S. pork have imposed new trade restrictions related to PEDv. Uzbekistan recently announced a 90-day suspension of imports of U.S. pork, but the United States exported only 19 metric tons of pork to Uzbekistan last year.
Last week Costa Rica suspended imports of U.S. pork casings due to PEDv, but has not indicated that it will restrict imports of pork muscle cuts or any other U.S. pork products. Last year U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports to Costa Rica totaled 4,134 metric tons, valued at $12.9 million.