It should also be noticed that the costs of exporting the cuy are low, since it’s cheap to breed and feed them in Peru. On the other hand, its price rises in destined markets according to the meat quality and if the animal is for breeding as a pet. However, we should improve the exportable supply of these pigs.
It is a fact that there is currently an increasing amount of guinea pigs breeding places, but most of them are small, which constitutes an obstacle for the gathering of these animals in order to commercialize them. Besides, there is also the danger of not counting with the right sanity conditions in the pigs’ litters.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that importers of this type of meat should be capable of demonstrating the healthiness of their products. One requirement is the presentation of a sanity certificate of the breeding place or of the installation where the meat is processed or packed.
In Peru, this certificate should be emitted by the National Service of Agriculture Sanity (SENASA) and some have advanced trying to standardize the breeding process and optimal sanitary measures required for a successful commercialization. However, still some more work needs to be done in order to prepare the breeders for this matter.