Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Belarus bans Russian pigs, pig products over ASF worries

  • Andrea Gantz
    Belarus has banned live hogs and pig products from Russia's Vladimir oblast.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Belarus has imposed temporary restrictions on pork imports from Russia’s Vladimir oblast, citing concerns over the presence of African swine fever in the region.
    The temporary restrictions pertain to the import of live hogs, pork, including meat of wild boar, by-products, leather, hog sperm, hog hair, hunter's trophies, and similar products, fodder and feed supplements for animals, including those made from fish and poultry meat that have not been processed at the temperature of 70C, reported Belarusian News.
    According to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there have been four confirmed cases of ASF in Russia. Between the four cases, 56 animals were reported as susceptible. Of those animals, 13 died and the remaining 43 were destroyed. However, none of the four Russian ASF cases were reported in the Vladimir oblast. Two were in the Bryanskaya oblast and two were in the Kurskaya oblast.
    ASF has also appeared in Belarus. In December 2014, OIE confirmed the presence of ASF in a wild boar in a Belarusian hunting ground near the Russian border, making it the first occurrence of ASF in the country.
    ASF has been a major concern of those in the global pork industry. ASF cases have also been reported in Russia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cabo Verde and Zimbabwe.

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