Italian pork banned in the Chinese market

Hygiene & Biosecurity

The rising number of African swine fever (ASF) cases in wild boar population sit behind this decision.

Posted on Jan 27 ,15:19

Italian pork banned in the Chinese market

China issued a ban on pork imports from Italy due to the ASF outbreak reported earlier this month by the European country. China's General Administration of Customs issued the order this Wednesday and, since then, any product of this type that arrives in China and comes from Italy will be returned to its senders or destroyed. If the shipment of the merchandise was made before the issuance of this notification, said products must undergo a mandatory quarantine to ensure their health.

The disease was detected in Italy, the seventh-largest producer of pork in the European Union with almost nine million heads, in early January after an infected wild boar appeared in the Piedmont region. Since then, the number of cases has been increasing and some countries, such as Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland, began to impose restrictions on Italian pork products.
A similar ban was placed on pork imports from North Macedonia, another country hit by ASF recently.

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