November 29, 2004



Japan Suspends South Korean Pork Imports After Suspected Hog Cholera Case


Japan has temporarily banned South Korean pork imports after blood samples from pigs on Jeju Island tested positive to cholera antibodies, according to the Agriculture Ministry on Monday.


Park Hyun-chool, director general of the ministry's Livestock Bureau in South Korea, said the pigs had been injected with vaccination shots and had not been exposed to cholera directly.


"We know farmers gave the pigs the shots, but we are trying to figure out why they did so when such actions are prohibited on the island," he said.


The island sold 628 tons of pork worth US$2.8 million from May to October.

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