China stopped importing German pork due to African swine fever
German Ministry of Agriculture on September 10, said scientists have discovered the pathogen of African swine fever on a dead wild boar in the state of Brandenburg, East Germany.
China on September 12 announced that it had stopped importing products pork from Germany after this European country confirmed the case African Swine Fever (ASF) first.
Germany is Europe’s largest pork producer and recently increased German pork exports to China after the country suffered an outbreak of ASF.
German Ministry of Agriculture on September 10, said scientists have detected the ASF pathogen on a dead wild boar in the state of Brandenburg, East Germany.
Authorities suspect the disease comes from neighboring Poland after a series of ASF infections were discovered there last year.
In response to this news, a joint statement from China’s Customs and Agriculture Ministry said Beijing would ban all imports of pig products and would return or destroy any products that were factory.
Authorities China is looking for a way to stop the epidemic with an experimental vaccine.
In 2019, China also suffered a similar outbreak of the disease, which destroyed millions of pigs to prevent the disease from spreading.
Pork prices have more than doubled in 2019 due to the epidemic. Accordingly, prices of eggs and other meats are also pushed up when consumers switch to other sources of protein./.