The Mexican government recently approved a plan to import a vast network of meat products from Central America to the United States.
The import will be the largest food importation in US history, according to the Mexican government.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the plan would allow the government to import more than 3.4 million metric tons of meat from Mexico to the US.
“With this program, the Mexican state will now be able to guarantee the safety and security of the products in the United State and ensure their quality,” Peña said.US meat companies have already begun marketing meat products sold in Mexico.
The meat from Central American countries would be sold at a lower price than US meat.
“We are very excited by this new opportunity to provide quality products for American consumers, and we are going to be pushing forward with this project,” Carlos Gonzalez, president of the meat packers’ association told the AP.
“This is a win-win for both the Mexican economy and the U.S. economy.”
The new imports are expected to save the government $8.5 billion over 10 years, according the Associated Press.