AGRICULTURE

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Mexico Closing Border to U.S. Live Hog Imports: Mexico plans to close its border to imports of American hogs for breeding and slaughter, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said. Rep. Kika de la Garza (D-Tex.) said the "rash" decision undermines current trade talks between the two countries, while a representative of U.S. pork producers condemned it as trade protectionism for Mexican hog farmers. De la Garza said Mexican animal health officials cited a handful of reported cases in the United States of swine infertility and respiratory syndrome to justify the import ban.

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