Animal disease: EU Commission rejects request...
Animal disease

EU Commission rejects request to end ASF restrictions

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Last week, Germany's Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir requested the European Commission to end the restrictions imposed on Lower Saxony, Germany’s leading pig-producing state, after an ASF outbreak in July.
Last week, Germany's Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir requested the European Commission to end the restrictions imposed on Lower Saxony, Germany’s leading pig-producing state, after an ASF outbreak in July.

GERMANY, Bonn. The European Commission has rejected the joint application of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the state of Lower Saxony to end the restrictions in the state that had been imposed after an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in July.

According to the ministry, the EU Commission had declined the request due to an overall deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Germany with ASF outbreaks in three different states (Brandenburg, Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony). Therefore, the Commission anticipates increased risk of further ASF transmission to other areas.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of healthy pigs from the ASF restriction zone have reached their slaughter weight. The ministry is seeking solutions with state authorities, abattoirs and storage facilities to enable the processing and distribution of healthy animals from the restricted zones.

According to the ministry, abattoirs and processors are currently refusing to process the animals due to unclear or feared health implications.

Source: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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