Mexico reactivates meat imports from Brazil and Argentina due to inflation

Mexico City – Mexico will start importing pork from Brazil like a measure in line with the efforts of the Government to contain the rise in the price of food. It also coincides with the search for supply alternatives by Mexican companies such as Sigma Alimentos de Alfa (ALPHA).

“With this, Brazil will be able to contribute even more to the fight against inflation and the guarantee of food security in Mexico,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil, in a statement.

This decision follows the reopening last week of the entry to beef from Argentina. Importation was suspended 20 years ago due to foot-and-mouth disease. The countries have been exploring the resumption of trade in these products since 2021.

The revival of imports from Argentina was lamented by Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of the Economy during the government of former President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“It is unfortunate that with a stroke of the pen we put at risk the health safety of the Mexican meat sector that took us so many years to build and that today allows us to export meat to the rest of the world,” Guajardo wrote on his Twitter account on November 11.

Mexico stopped importing pork and beef from Brazil in 2017 due to sanitary issues. The country continued to import poultry products from the South American country.

“Brazilian pork is internationally recognized for its high quality, safety and competitiveness,” the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said.

The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) established an agreement in early October with 15 food companies – including Sigma – and distributors, as part of the Package Against Inflation and Famine (PACIC).

The initiative emphasizes the reduction of regulatory and logistical costs, in order to control inflation in a basket of 24 basic products, however, the agreement with the rules has not yet been published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF). for the single universal license that the Government announced a month ago.

The original proposal of the Government also considers the exemption of sanitary procedures that raised the alarms due to the risk that These actions can generate in terms of health.

Executives of Sigma, the manufacturer of Fud and Saint Raphaelsaid in October that they were studying the possibility of importing pork from Brazil, as part of the measures implemented by the company to offset inflationary pressures on raw materials.

Sigma indicated that it was analyzing the importation of less expensive meat inputs from foreign marketsbut hand in hand with the National Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica), the agency responsible for food safety.

Senasica raises alarm for avian influenza

Senasica ordered on November 11 the strategic vaccination to protect poultry production from avian influenza AH5N1.

The disease has affected four commercial poultry production units, three of them in Sonora and one in Nuevo León, as well as three backyard farms in Chiapas, Chihuahua and the State of Mexico.

So far, 492,000 were slaughtered birds, which represents 0.023% of the national poultry inventory.

“The supply of chicken and eggs for the national market is not compromised,” Senasica said in a statement.

With information from Zenyazen Flores and Jimena Tolama

Mexico reactivates meat imports from Brazil and Argentina due to inflation