March 26, 2013


Russia confirms absence of ASF in Cherkizovo pork facilities
Press release

Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) officially confirmed that no African swine fever (ASF) could be found at any Cherkizovo pork facilities in the Penza and Tambov regions.


This was reported by Cherkizovo Group, Russia's largest meat company, on Saturday, March 23.


Absence of ASF was confirmed by clinical tests conducted at Russia's Scientific Institution for Veterinary Virology and Microbiology Research. Cherkizovo Group also held additional independent laboratory testing of bio materials from several pork farms and all tests came back negative. All Cherkizovo facilities are in operation as usual. 


"All Cherkizovo pork farms are in strictly compliance with veterinary and biological security requirements and the health condition of the livestock is being monitored on a daily basis, fully excluding the possibility of ASF," said Sergei Mikhailov, Cherkizovo Group CEO. 


Cherkizovo Group is the largest meat manufacturer in Russia and one of the top three companies serving Russia's poultry, pork and meat processing markets. The company is also Russia's largest producer of fodder.  


The Group includes seven full cycle poultry production facilities, with a total capacity of 400,000 tonnes live weight per annum; 14 modern pork production facilities with a total capacity of 180,000 tonnes live weight per annum; six meat processing plants with a total capacity of 190,000 tonnes per annum; six fodder plants with a total capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum; grain storage facilities with a total storage capacity exceeding 500,000 tonnes; and a land bank exceeding 100,000 hectares. In 2012, Cherkizovo produced more than half a million tonnes of meat and processed meat products.


Within the last five years alone, Cherkizovo has invested more than US$1 billion into the development of Russia's agriculture sector. Cherkizovo's strategy includes both organic growth and investment in new projects, driving the consolidation of the Russian meat market.