African Swine Fever Accelerating in China

China may face wider bans on pork as deadly pig virus spreads

China may face wider bans on pork as deadly pig virus spreads

The Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations agency spearheading an global effort to control the deadly pig virus, plans to release recommendations for governments after a crisis meeting in Bangkok this week. It is not harmful to humans.

Specialists from China and nine countries close by and considered to be at risk from a spread of the disease are attending the meeting running from Wednesday (05/09) to Friday in Bangkok, along with experts from outside the region and participants from the private commercial swine sector.

The FAO is hosting government and pork industry officials from across Asia Pacific at a three-day meeting that concludes Friday.

According to Sim, since the outbreak of ASF was detected, seven foci have identified involving five provinces in China namely Liaoning, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had expressed concerns the disease may threaten the Korean peninsula and countries in Southeast Asia if China did not stop the outbreak fast.

Chinese state media reported that since the start of August thousands of pigs in the country have died or been culled after authorities found several cases of the disease. The disease has since spread south prompting a cull of 38,000 pigs.

Pigs being raised in a farm outside Shanghai, China.

"We have a steep hill ahead of us", said Juan Lubroth, FAO's chief veterinary officer, in an interview.

Although China is a major pork producer, the majority of its production is consumed domestically.

With pork such a popular meat in many Asian countries, the FAO said the spread of the virus to China's neighbours is a near certainty, and likely through movements of products containing infected pork.

Small quantities of pork-containing products may be shipped internationally and possibly illegally, in food carried across borders, representing a risk to other countries, FAO's Ms Wantanee said.

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