Government IFA: Immediate ban on pork from ASF countries

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, September 16, 2019
Following reports that a meat processor is involved in importing pork from Poland IFA demands an immediate ban on any pork imports from countries affected by ASF.
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Following reports that a meat processor is involved in importing pork from Poland IFA demands an immediate ban on any pork imports from countries affected by ASF.

Following reports that a meat processor is involved in importing pork from Poland, a country that is affected by African Swine Fever (ASF), IFA Pigs and Pigmeat Chairman Tom Hogan said there should be an immediate ban on any pork imports from countries affected by ASF in their commercial herd.

He called on the Department of Agriculture to increase checks on any imported meat products into the country and increase vigilance and awareness of the potential threat of introducing ASF into the country.

ASF is a disease which does not affect humans, but has been devastating to the pig herds of affected countries in eastern European and in Asia in recent months. Hogan said that it was completely reckless that any processor would partake in importing pork into Ireland from a country affected by ASF, and risk jeopardising the health status of the national pig herd.

The reputational damage that could potentially be caused to the important international export markets by such activity would be catastrophic. Hogan called on all processors of pork to confirm that they do not import pork from Poland or any other ASF affected countries.

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