This week, the National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service Council (SENASICA), and the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Mexico, published the authorization of 15 new Brazilian plants for the purpose of exporting chicken meat.

According to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), the authorization came after a mission visit between August 22 and September 4 of this year to approve the plants and the recent meeting in Mexico City between Brazilian and Mexicans technicians, coordinated by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies (MAPA). The authorized plants are located in the states of Santa Catarina, Goiás, Paraná, São Paulo, Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais.

The 15 new chicken processing plants are an addition to the already existing five plants of Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and São Paulo, currently authorized to ship poultry products to the Mexican market.
 
According to ABPA CEO Francisco Turra, the new authorizations are the result of comprehensive and detailed work done by the ABPA and MAPA in a unified approach dedicated to the expansion of exports of the poultry sector.

"The work led by Brazilian Agricultural Minister Kátia Abreu and the MAPA team streamlined this process, which will likely lead to excellent results for Brazilian exports," says Turra.

In October, Mexico imported 2,250 MT of poultry meat, a performance 49 percent higher compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date (January to October) exports totaled 25,270 MT or a 114.6 percent higher performance for the same period.