Last week, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) took members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and others to the Philippines and Vietnam.
Audio: Full Interview from IPPA’s Gene Noem
USMEF’s Senior VP Joel Haggard says the Philippines has been an aggressive importer of U.S. meat and poultry products.
IPPA’s Gene Noem says they had a great chance to talk with Philippine importers, telling the story of Iowa pork production.
The group had a chance to hear first-hand accounts about the effects African Swine Fever has had in places like Vietnam. Noem says the effects of the disease are truly devastating to the animals. Noem reminds us the disease only affects hogs and does not taint the meat, but obviously, meat from infected animals will never hit the food chain.
Countries all over the world are on alert to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, as well as other foreign animal diseases. Noem tells us about the precautions they had to take. These included: not visiting any farms, foot baths, disinfection of feet, and disposal of shoes worn in the country.
Both the USMEF and the IPPA underscored the necessity for strengthening markets around the world, especially considering the Chinese trade situation. Trips like these help Iowa producers tell their story directly to consumers around the world.