Tag: African swine fever
Taiwan has banned pork products from China where an epidemic of the African swine fever led to the deaths of millions of pigs.
More than 1.1 million pigs have been killed or culled so far as authorities scramble to contain the virus that has spread to neighbouring countries.
Official reports of a 24% decline for the nation’s herd are conservative, with many expecting a production decline of as much as 45% for this year.
Pork wholesale prices are at the lowest for this time of year in a decade thanks to a huge expansion in the American hog herd, which just hit its highest mark since 1943.
China says it will turn away all meat shipped from Canada, just days before China and the US sit down to work on settling a trade dispute that has also caught Canada in the crossfire.
The move follows a similar ban on Friday by China.
The disease has spread rapidly across China since last August and also spread this year in Vietnam.
Smack in the middle of a trade war with the US, China is facing a food shortage that’s raising prices for consumers.
The Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia says any outbreak would affect farmers as people would stop buying meat.
Stricter controls at China’s borders have slashed the amount of unofficial produce being imported into the country through its immediate neighbours.
China is turning to other types of protein as it faces a shortage of pork in the wake of an African swine fever outbreak.
Millions of pigs are being culled as African Swine Fever cuts through Asia, devastating global food chains, with pork prices expected to soar from global food markets.
The strain of African swine fever spreading in Asia is undeniably nasty, killing virtually every pig it infects reminiscent of the Ebola in humans.
The US has never had African swine fever, and officials are stepping up efforts to keep the disease out.
African swine fever is still spreading across the country as a supply shortage pushes up prices and profits.
Vietnamese authorities suspect birds, ticks or travellers to be the cause of the outbreak.
China is trying to contain the spread of African swine fever among its pig population.
The farm is the largest yet to be hit by the disease, which has infected almost 100 farms across China since August 2018.
Japan’s wagyu, known for its soft, fatty, marbled meat, are dependent on China for supplies of rice straw, an important part of the gourmet cattle’s high-calorie, high-protein diet.
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said a slaughterhouse in the city of Hohhot reported the outbreak, adding that four pigs were infected with, and two had died from, African swine fever.
China has now banned the transport of live hogs and pig products from regions bordering provinces that have reported swine fever outbreaks, as well as those that have had cases.
With pork in short supply as authorities try to contain the highly contagious disease, shoppers are turning to chicken as a substitute, with some diners also concerned about safety.
Germany earlier this year issued a decree to allow hunters to shoot wild boar year-round to stop the animals, which can carry African swine fever, from passing the deadly infection on to farm pigs.
Pork prices in the country's populous south have risen as China's vast pig market is locked down in the fight against the highly contagious African swine fever.
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