IRELAND, Dublin. 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.
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.