Update on ASF in China, the EU

Posted on 09/13/2018 12:28 PM

China has now banned the use of food waste as pig feed in provinces where outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have occurred. The use of pig blood as raw material in producing feed has also been banned. The country’s ag ministry will also require producers of pig feed to submit samples for testing; any feed testing positive for the virus must be recalled and destroyed.

As you can likely gather, the virus can be transmitted in pork products or animal feed. In fact, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization recently said the most likely route for the spread to take place would be via products containing infected pork since it can survive for months in meat products and animal feed.

Meanwhile, France is pushing for tougher protective measures against African swine fever (ASF) after the virus was detected in wild board in Belgium near the French border. ASF has been spreading in eastern Europe, leading to the culling of hundreds of thousands of animals. Romania, one of the nations struggling with virus, has requested financial help from the block to deal with the outbreak.

Russia has said ASF likely made its way to China via the European Union.

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