September 7, 2018


Russia imposes temporary ban on Bulgaria pork imports


Russia state authorities have enforced a provisional ban on the imports of live pigs and pork meat products from the Bulgarian territory because of the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), a local Russian media reports.

The ban will include pork carcases, pork and products containing pork, pork embryos and boar semen.

However, an exception will be made for products processed using technology to ensure virus destruction, such as ready-made pig meat products, finished products containing pig or animal raw materials from pork, raw materials of animal origin from pig meat intended for production of feed for non-productive animals and for fur animals.

Despite building a 130 kilometres fence along the border of Romania, the ASF epidemic has managed to cross the border into Bulgaria, according to the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision.

Bulgaria is the eighth EU country to face an outbreak of ASF, while the deadly disease was previously discovered in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

On September 4, Bulgaria's Food and Safety Agency announced a long list of measures to prevent the spread of ASF.

Source: Independent Balkan News Agency

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