Caribbean nations reopen to U.S. protein exports
U.S. beef and pork exports got a boost last week from Costa Rica and St. Lucia, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Costa Rica last Monday expanded its import protocol to accept bone-in U.S. beef along with boneless beef, further processed product, and offal such as beef tongues, kidneys, livers and hearts.
Although Costa Rica’s market is a small one for U.S. processors, a good volume of middle meats are shipped to hotels and restaurants in the country, making it a valuable one. Another Caribbean country, St. Lucia, also reopened its borders to U.S. fresh/frozen pork and pork products which have been banned since the start of the H1N1 influenza outbreak earlier this year which led many countries to shut their borders to pork products from North America where the outbreak originated. Pork producers are just beginning to see borders reopen to exports from the U.S.—WLJ