U.S. lifts commercial restrictions on Peruvian dairy products

The U.S. has lifted its commercial restrictions on Peruvian dairy products – including evaporated milk and cheese – after the Andean country was certified as “foot-and-mouth-disease free,” according to Peru’s National Agriculture and Sanitation Service, Senasa.

“We were finally able to meet the terms of their sanitation regulations satisfactorily,” said Glen Halze, director of Senasa’s Plant Sanitation Unit. “Now our dairy products have access to the U.S. market, one of the world’s most important markets.”

According to Halze, the U.S. maintains commercial restrictions on various dairy products, mostly from countries that have yet to be certified as 100 percent foot-and-mouth disease free.

Foot-and-mouth disease, or hoof-and-mouth disease (Aphtae epizooticae) is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic animals such as cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs, as well as antelope, bison and other wild bovids, and deer.

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