The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service has updated the export requirements for U.S. pork access to Barbados. The change makes fresh/frozen and cooked pork and pork products officially eligible for export to the island nation, NPPC said.
“Barbados has accepted the use of the U.S. pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program sourcing as a means to meet trichinae mitigation requirements, which allows for the shipment of fresh chilled pork products without testing, freezing or cooking,” NPPC noted. “Previously, wild boar was the only pork product that could be exported to Barbados.”
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. has been shipping very minimal volumes of frozen pork to Barbados over the past few years.
The country’s 186% duty on pork products – except ribs and some cuts for hotels – continues to be the biggest hurdle to the market, NPPC said.