The United States has authorized the importation of Hungarian mangalica

Friday, February 8, 2013

The United States has authorized the importation of the Hungarian bred mangalica said Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, the Ambassador of the United States to Hungary on Friday during the Mangalica Festival in Budapest.

The Ambassador said due to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision two months ago, the United States has already ordered over 20 tons of Hungarian mangalica.

Eleni Tsakopoulos reminded journalists that earlier American consumers could buy only mangalica products bred by the German or Austrian hobby farmers. But now Hungary can export not only processed mangalica products, but also the meat of the unique Hungarian breed to the United States.

The Ambassador pointed out that those who are engaged in foreign trade, is generally regarded as a sign of success, if they can sell their products on the U.S. market. America is a large and important market, where international audiences can advertise their products she added.

(Mangalitsa (US spelling), Mangalitza (UK spelling) or Mangalica (original Hungarian spelling) is a name for three breeds of pig bred especially in Hungary known also as a curly-hair hog...The blonde Mangalitsa was developed from older hardy types of Hungarian pig (Bakonyi and Szalontai) crossed with the Hungarian Wild Boar breed of Hungarian origin (1833)[3] (and later others like Alföldi.[4] The development took place in Hungary in the early 19th century.[3] The new quick-growing "fat-type" hog did not require any special care, so became very popular in Hungary. In 1927 the National Society of Fat-Type Hog Breeders (Mangalicatenyésztők Országos Egyesülete) was established, with the objective of improving the breed.[3] Mangalitsa was the most prominent swine breed in the region until 1950 (there were 30,000 of them in Hungary in 1943).[3] Since then the popularity as well as the population of Mangalitsa have been decreasing, with the rising availability of food from farther away and refrigeration.[5] Nowadays, the keeping of Mangalicas has become a popular hobby.[3] There are currently slightly over 7000 Mangalitsa sows in Hungary, producing cca. 60000 porkers a year.[6] -Wikipedia)

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