Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), first identified in the United States last April, has now spread to “virtually all states” of Mexico.
Mexican news agency Noticieros Televisa reports that while wide-spread, the outbreak is present in just 1 percent of the country’s hog herds. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food notes the outbreak was likely spurred by U.S. hog imports and “some irregular shipments.”
Even so, PEDv was bound to spread to the country at some point.
"If the U.S. has an outbreak, sooner or later it comes to Mexico,” the Ministry says.
Experts warned the Mexican market is nervous amid concerns of rising pork prices, which already reflects increases of up to 40 percent at local meat stores.
U.S. Meat Export Federation representative Aaron Turner Gutiérrez believes overall price increases are likely, but there is no intent to create a shortage within the local markets.
Mexico exported 1.28 million tons of pork in 2013. In comparison, during this same time period, the U.S. exported just shy of 5 billion pounds of pork. Read more here.