October 9, 2012
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has reported that a pork consignment from a fair in the Leningrad Oblast is infected with the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.
"During laboratory studies the genome of the ASF virus was detected in salted bacon produced by Lipetsk JSC Meat Master, traded by the individual entrepreneur Shchigrov at the Agricultural Fair, held in September, 28-29 of 2012 in Tosno, Leningrad region," report Rosselkhoznadzor.
Rosselkhoznadzor asked consumers not to feed the products purchased from this vendor to animals without prior heat treatment, cautioning as well not to throw away the wastes without disinfection.
In order to prevent the introduction of ASF virus, owners of the private pig farms in the region should invite experts of the State Veterinary Service to examine their animals. Farmers are also advised to avoid exposing their pigs to contact other animals including people, which may be sources of infection, and to disinfect the places where pigs are kept, as well as storage facilities, processing facilities, equipment and working clothes.
It is the first officially confirmed case of ASF-contaminated pork slipping through to shops for the whole period of the reported spread of the disease in Russia.
Rosselkhoznadzor experts also pointed out that the virus is not dangerous to humans, even after eating infected meat there will be no negative effect on human health. Still, consumers who purchased the meat at the fair are strongly recommended not to consume it.