The recent influenza outbreak has generated global attention, and an uneven response from international trading partners with regard to market access for meat. The United States exports pork to about 80 nations, and with the vast majority of these countries the market access conditions for U.S. pork exports have not been adversely impacted.

Some notable exceptions have occurred, however, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation is working to compile accurate information on these market suspensions as it becomes available.

According Philip Seng, USMEF president and chief executive officer, the organization is also working closely with all sectors of the pork industry and with U.S. trade officials to provide trading partners with updated safety information and alleviate any consumer concerns about the safety of U.S. pork.