February 19, 2019
Chinese food products recalled following discovery of swine fever
Products sold by Chinese frozen food producer Sanquan have been recalled over fears of contamination by African swine fever (ASF), South China Morning Post reported.
The recall also came following a report which revealed the discovery of the virus in samples of processed pork products sold in the province of Gansu, China.
As concerns over swine fever in Hunan have placed Sanquan's frozen dumplings under the spotlight, Gansu authorities announced that products from 11 companies were tested positive for the virus. These companies include Sanquan, Kedi Group and Synear.
According to China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, an inspection team has been set up to investigate the latest incident involving ASF which have already hit 25 provinces and regions in the country. The ministry has also called for companies to monitor the origin of pork used in products that are suspected to be contaminated.
Producers of pork products are advised to step up controls and improve testing for ASF as part of efforts to prevent tainted pork from entering the food processing chain.
With brand products now affected by the swine fever crisis in China, local pork consumption is expected to be "further hit," said Yao Guiling, an analyst with consultancy China-America Commodity Data Analytics, who highlighted the current, "flat demand season" in the country.
Last year's pork consumption had fallen by an estimated 0.5% due to consumer fears over food safety, Euromonitor International told Reuters in January.
Overall, however, consumption will still be up slightly on the year before at 41.3 million tonnes.
- South China Morning Post