Mexico´s farmed shrimp production is worth more than USD 300 million. (Photo: Sagarpa)
Country declared free from infectious myonecrosis in farmed shrimp
Wednesday, August 08, 2012, 00:20 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) ensured that Mexico is a free area from infectious myonecrosis disease in farmed shrimp.
Such a claim arises from an agreement issued by Sagarpa, published in the Official Journal of the Federation, which will have a positive impact on the promotion of national shrimp aquaculture production.
This economic activity makes deals for more than MXN 4,062 million (USD 309.7 million) and supports a competitive and profitable industry.
The declaration of a country free from infectious myonecrosis favours the health status and contributes to the opening and maintenance of national and international shrimp markets and products and by-products from Mexico, indicates Sagarpa.
The publication of these regulations is the result of the collaboration among the federal government -- through the National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality (Senasica) -- state administration and local shrimp farmers.
Those involved develop an effective epidemiology monitoring and diagnosis and prevention activities that made it possible to demonstrate the absence of the infectious myonecrosis virus.
The scientists took samples from the crustacean gills from shrimp farms and aquaculture facilities throughout the country, and then they were processed in official laboratories.
This disease is exotic in Mexico, since so far the presence of the viral agent has not been identified in farmed shrimp.
Infectious myonecrosis is a viral disease that causes high mortality in farmed shrimp. It presents with symptoms that are similar to gangrene and causes the death of muscle fibers, so it generates huge losses to producers.
Sagarpa highlighted that if the country continues being free from this evil, sanitary epidemiological monitoring, prevention, diagnosis and traceability measures should be observed. Furthermore, the mobilization, transport, movement, marketing and import of nauplii, larvae, post-larvae, reproducers, products and byproducts from shrimp should be controlled, as it has been detailed in the agreement.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion