China’s agriculture ministry will require pork processors handling raw pork to test for the presence of the African swine fever virus from May 1.
The study, conducted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, looked at the risk of African swine fever (ASF) introduction into the US via airport passengers and the likelihood of any ASF-contaminated product getting through, and out of, the airport.
Only two regions in China, the tropical island of Hainan and Tibet in the Himalayas, have not suffered outbreaks of African Swine Fever yet.
Some 400 pigs were killed by ASF in Soamkanign in the Rattanakiri province in an outbreak that began on March 22, according to the Cambodian agriculture ministry’s report. Another 100 pigs were killed and disposed of.
Contaminated meat could be shipped into Canada by mail, in shipping containers or by airline travellers themselves (on their persons or in luggage).
The African swine fever virus has been detected in a contagious state on Japanese soil for the first time. The government has in the past detected genes of the African swine fever virus in food brought from overseas, but never has the virus been confirmed as being at an infectious stage.
The inspector of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has declared an order imposing conditions in relation to secondary control zones in respect of African swine fever (ASF). The order includes new import requirements for unprocessed grains and oilseeds as well as associated meals destined for use in livestock feed sourced from countries that have reported an active case of ASF in domestic or wild pigs within the last five years.
African swine fever (ASF) has stricken Vietnam's northern Vinh Phuc province, bringing the total number of the disease-hit localities to 23.
Stocks of breeding pigs in a major Chinese hog producing region plunged 41 percent in the seven months to February, underlining fears about a hit to pork supplies from an epidemic of African swine fever. The drop covered farms in Shandong province, northern China's biggest producer of hogs.
Animal health researchers in northeastern Heilongjiang province have isolated a strain of the African swine fever virus that has spread across China since the summer, but the work is only a “first step” towards a commercially viable vaccine.