Mexican officials report that the last three states awaiting clearance from classical swine fever have now been declared CSF-free. 

This means that the entire country is officially cleared of the disease, according to Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food. Epidemiology sampling took place on 100 percent of the country's commercial hog farms as well as a representative sample of the backyard production sector. Mexico's government officials say these surveillance activities confirmed the absence of the CSF etiological agent.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Government and National Pork Producers Council have been working on developing new export markets for Mexican pork products. With this new status the country hopes to gain greater access to international markets, including the United States, for its pork and pork products.