Pork is Back on the Plate in Argentina

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue attends a U.S. pork promotion event in Buenos Aires, Agrentina. Secretary Perdue is in Argentina for the G-20 Summit Meetings of Agricultue Ministers to discuss issues facing agriculture around the world and participates in the New World Foods Event on July 26, 2018. ( USDA )

Ham was on the menu today, as USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Edward Prado celebrated the reintroduction of U.S. pork products to the Argentine market after more than 20 years.

“The U.S. is the world’s third largest pork producer and a top exporter,” Secretary Perdue said. “This new market is a big victory for American farmers and ranchers. I am confident that once the people of Argentina get a taste of American pork products, they will only want more. This is a great day for our agriculture community and an example of how the Trump Administration is committed to supporting our producers by opening new markets for their products.”

Putting pork back on the plate was a result of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Buenos Aires, USDA says. The decision was based on science-based and consistent with relevant international animal health standards.