U.S. pork industry representatives, including those from the U.S. Meat Export Federation, visited the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to discuss new standards for veterinary drugs and other chemicals in food products entering the Japanese market.
“Japanese authorities are confident that
Sundberg adds that "it is in the pork industry’s best interest to comply with the standards and some animal-health products we use in the
Pork producers are advised to take the following steps to find out if the new regulations require changes to their animal-health product use:
- Contact their packer and find out if their hogs are being channeled to the Japanese export market and therefore affected by these new regulations.
- Visit NPB’s Web site to determine if medications being used in their production operation have withdrawal periods that are impacted by the new standards. This information can be found at: http://www.pork.org/producers/JapanMRL.aspx. The Web page is updated frequently, so check back often.
- Contact the herd veterinarian to discuss changes to their herd-health program if their use of animal-health products is impacted.
Pork producers can find information on www.pork.org or through NPB's
National Pork Board