Mar. 23, 2018 - The 40th Mexico-U.S. Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and other Foreign Animal Diseases (EADC) met in Washington, D.C. to reemphasize its commitment to safeguarding the United States and Mexico against foreign animal diseases and to work strategically to ensure we have robust responses to foreign disease threats. This was the first meeting of the current Commission, which now includes Mr. Gregory Ibach, USDA Under-Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Mr. Kevin Shea, APHIS Administrator; Ms. Cheryle Blakely, Deputy Administrator-APHIS-IS; Dr. Jack Shere, Chief Veterinary Officer; and Dr. Tami Howard, Veterinary Attaché and Commission Co-Director. Mexico’s representatives were Dr. Enrique Sanchez Cruz, SENASICA’s Chief Director; Luis Enrique Martínez Senties, Agricultural Counselor, Embassy of Mexico; Dr. Joaquin Delgadillo, Chief Veterinary Officer and Dr. Igor Romero, EADC Director. Mr. Carlos Vasquez, Minister Counselor at the Mexican embassy, also attended. In addition to the safeguarding commitments, this meeting was an important opportunity for both countries to strengthen their collaboration and explore options for issues of key importance. Major areas of focus include forming an avian influenza genetic bank, work on aquaculture health issues, and continued mutual cooperation on training and other activities related to animal health. This strategic body also committed to strengthening communication and planned to meet again in two months to consider follow-up actions.