December 26, 2018
China discovers traces of swine fever virus in animal feed products
China's General Administration of Customs said on December 25 that the country has found the African swine fever virus in some protein powders that used pork blood as an ingredient, Reuters reported.
The announcement came on the same day the Chinese agriculture ministry revealed another swine fever outbreak in China, this time with the latest case happening in Guangdong province.
The raw material for the 73.93 tonnes of contaminated protein products, mainly used in animal feed, came from 12 slaughter houses in Tianjin, the administration said. It had already issued an alert notice that is valid for six months and will help enhance testing for African swine fever virus in exports.
In addition, farms in Hong Kong and Macau were advised to beef up checks on feed imports.
According to the administration, a subsidiary of Tianjin Baodi Agri & Tech Co Ltd made the affected product. The company has operations entailing hog breeding and cooked meat production.
Prompted by concerns of swine fever outbreaks in the country, China prohibited the use of food waste and pig blood as raw material to make feed for pigs in September.