September 8, 2018


More countries may ban China pork imports to arrest spread of ASF



The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said more nations may ban pork from China, which is experiencing outbreaks of the African swine fever in various provinces.


The FAO hosted a three-day crisis meeting of Asian government and pork industry officials in Bangkok, Thailand, which ended Friday, Sept. 7, in an international effort to control the pig virus, Bloomberg News reports.


The report said FAO planned to release recommendations for governments after the Bangkok meeting.


The Philippines has temporarily banned pigs and pig-related products from China, Russia and four European countries afflicted by ASF. More nations may follow, according to the FAO, the Bloomberg report said.


"By this Friday, we will come up with a framework for the region with priority action plans for each country", Wantanee Kalpravidh, regional manager of the FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.


According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, China's latest ASF outbreak, believed to be the eighth since the first outbreak last Aug. 3, hit Jiamusi city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. (Bloomberg News said there have been already 10 ASF outbreaks in China.)


As of Saturday, Sept. 1, over 38,000 pigs have been culled nationwide, agriculture ministry spokesman Guang Defu said as per Xinhua.


ASF causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death within a few days. It does not infect humans.