US drops health restrictions on dairy products from Peru

Isabel Guerra

Senasa (Peru’s Government’s Agricultural Health Service) reported today that the United States had dropped health restrictions on evaporated milk and other lactose products from Peru, specifically a type of cheese that has a maturing process which eliminates possible viruses within the products.

Glen Halze, from Senasa, noted that at present the US still keeps health restrictions on many dairy products, especially those coming from countries which are not 100% free of foot-and-mouth disease.

Foot-and-mouth is one of the most contagious livestock diseases, and can cause huge economical losses.

Peru was identified in 2007 as being a country free of foot-and-mouth disease in 88.4% of its territory by the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).

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