AVA suspends pork import from areas in China with African swine fever outbreaks

SINGAPORE – The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has suspended the import of pork and pork products from areas in China with African swine fever outbreaks.

This comes after China has been experiencing an epidemic of the disease. China confirmed about 100 cases of African swine fever across 23 provinces since August last year, reported Reuters.

Only processed pork products from approved establishments in affected areas that have been heat-treated to inactivate the disease are allowed to be imported, said an AVA spokesman on Friday (Jan 4).

At present, parts of China on the temporary ban list include the Anhui, Fujian, Henan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Sichuan and Zhejiang provinces, and Shanghai.

The spokesman said: “While African swine fever is a highly virulent and contagious disease of pigs, it is not zoonotic (does not infect humans). However, the introduction of the virus to this region could have an impact on trade for countries in Asia.”

“To mitigate the risk of incursion of African swine fever, AVA requires countries exporting raw pork to Singapore to be free from it,” she added.

Singapore imports 4 per cent of its total live, chilled frozen, processed and canned pork supply from China.

Other countries that Singapore imports pork from include the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, according to the AVA website.

Hence, there is minimal impact on the supply of pork and pork products to Singapore, said AVA.

The spokesman added that AVA will continue to monitor developments and take further action if necessary.

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