Taiwan opens up to Prosciutto di Parma. The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) of Taiwan has officially recognized Italy as free from African Swine Fever (ASF), with the exception of Sardinia. This infectious disease that only affects pigs was preventing the export of pork meat and pork-based products from Italy.
It's an excellent result for our producers – pointed out Vittorio Capanna, President of the Consortium. The reasons for Taiwan's ban were practically without foundation when one considers that Prosciutto di Parma offers health guarantees that are superior to those of other products, since the raw material comes from pigs born and raised exclusively in ten regions of central northern Italy, therefore with no chance of its coming from Sardinia.
Moreover, Prosciutto di Parma, thanks to its special production process, can ensure the inactivation of different viruses responsible for pigs' infectious diseases, including the one that causes African Swine Fever.
International scientific studies have shown that the causative agent of African Swine Fever is completely inactivated after 399 days of the curing process. This is the reason why Prosciutto di Parma, which according to specifications has a minimum curing process time of 12 months, is currently being exported to foreign countries, such as the United States and Australia, after a minimum curing time of 400 days.
We would like to thank the Hon. Romanini and our Minister of Health who for years have been involved in complex negotiations to prove the isolation of the Italian peninsula from the Sardinia region as regards issues related to ASF - said Capanna. At the same time Taiwan officials carried out several inspection visits in Italy that directly involved the Consortium and some of our producers, and whose positive results led to the recognition of the regionalization principle set down by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
All that is left before getting exports underway is defining the health certificate and procedures for approval of the pig-processing plants. Taiwan is thus added to the already long list of over 90 countries to which Prosciutto di Parma is currently being exported.