Asian states are banning pork imports from Germany
Since Friday, 09.11.2020, South Korea decided to place a ban on German pork imports due to the ASF outbreak reported in German wild boars. At the same time, rumours regarding a similar decision taken by China have started to appear and some analysts are saying that this may come into force on September 12. Earlier this week, Agriculture Minister Julia Klockner confirmed the first ASF case in Germany and informed about the further procedure. She is aware of the concerns of the pig farmers and the crisis management team of the region is discussing how to proceed. All three samples of the pig confirmed the infection, now it is necessary to estimate how many infected animals there are and how large the affected region is.
Klockner went on to say that they are in talks with third countries about regionalization of the restricted areas. The point is not to make quick decisions, but to get an overview. When asked, Klockner confirmed that they were in talks with China. The giant Asian market is also the main importer of German pork and, if the virus reaches industrial farms in the country, the whole European market could be impacted. The carcass of a wild boar was found a few kilometres from the German-Polish border in the district of Spree-Neisse. In Europe, ASF is also present in Poland, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, the Baltic states, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Hungary.
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