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China warns pork industry against cover-up of African swine fever as
Taiwan concerns grow (Singapore)
… China has warned the country's pork industry that covering up cases of African swine fever is a crime… China's animal husbandry and veterinary affairs bureau is stepping up investigation and punishment of illegal activity in the pig industry, said a statement published on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs website on Friday (Jan 4)… China has repeatedly said that the disease has been effectively dealt with and is under control...
· Enough pork for Chinese New Year (Malaysia)
· DA bans entry of pork, pork-based products from 13 countries (Philippines)
· Traders eye options for pork importation amid African Swine Fever scare (Philippines)
· More Than 200 Punished for Dereliction of Duty in Swine Fever Outbreak (China)
· African swine fever hits huge, foreign-invested Chinese farm (China, Reuters)
· Foreign visitors to Taiwan now denied entry if unable to clear fines for illegal pork imports (Taiwan)
· Naia quarantine group relieved for failure to block banned pork products (Philippines)
China warns pork industry against cover-up of African swine fever as Taiwan concerns grow
04 Jan 2019
BEIJING/TAIPEI: China has warned the country's pork industry that covering up cases of African swine fever is a crime, days after a dead pig was found on a Taiwanese beach, prompting Taipei to claim Beijing was not sharing accurate information on the disease.
China's animal husbandry and veterinary affairs bureau is stepping up investigation and punishment of illegal activity in the pig industry, said a statement published on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs website on Friday (Jan 4).
Failing to report deaths and privately slaughtering and selling sick or dead pigs would be pursued under criminal law, it said, and compensation of 1,200 yuan (US$175) for each pig culled was sufficient incentive for farmers to report the disease.
In the worst epidemic of the disease ever seen, China has confirmed about 100 cases of African swine fever across 23 provinces since August last year. The disease, for which there is neither cure nor vaccine, is deadly to pigs but does not harm people.
But many experts believe it is even worse than has been reported, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing last month to "not conceal" information about the disease.
Tsai raised the issue again in a New Year's speech after a dead pig was found on a beach on Taiwan's Kinmen island, a half-hour ferry ride from the east coast of China. The pig has since been confirmed to have the African swine fever virus, while another dead pig was found on a nearby island on Friday, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported.
"During our recent efforts to prevent an African swine fever epidemic, China's government has never followed the relevant agreements and provided Taiwan with accurate, real-time reports about the epidemic situation," she said.
China has repeatedly said that the disease has been effectively dealt with and is under control...
Enough pork for Chinese New Year
By Dawn Chan, New Straits Times (Malaysia)
4 Jan 2019
KUALA LANGAT: There will be adequate supply of pork for the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities.
This was despite a temporary ban on the import of frozen meat and pig based products from China following the African Swine Fever (AFS) outbreak.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Sim Tze Tzin said there is an estimated 24,288 metric tonnes of ready supply of pork for the two day festival.
Based on a market survey, the demand for the meat this year will be about 16,024 metric tonnes.
“This means the supply of pork will be sufficient for Chinese New Year. Currently, the average ex-farm price of live pig is RM6.55 per kilogramme. In fact, the price of pork is dropping and it is quite stable now.
“The ex-farm prices, in the past three months from Oct to Dec, has also dropped from RM7.25 to RM7.20 and RM7 per kilogramme. Now, it is at RM6.55 per kilogramme. The price is quite stable and it will not shoot up.
“The price has gone down and this means we have enough supply to meet the demand. For pork meat in Malaysia, we have reached 93 per cent of self sustainable level and we only import 7 per cent,” said Sim today.
He said there was no sudden spike of price for lean meat, spare ribs and pork belly since Malaysia enforced the temporary ban of products from China.
Sim said with the average of ex-farm price at RM6.55 per kilogramme, there was no reason for traders to increase its price at retail level.
“This comes under the jurisdiction of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry which is ready to take action if there are excessive profiteering by retailers. The Ministry will also announce the Chinese New Year price control scheme,” added Sim.
Sim said this after a visit to a pig farm in Tanjung Sepat and a dialogue with the Kuala Langat Pig Farmers Association.
It was attended by Tanjung Sepat assemblyman Borhan Aman Shah, Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam and Selangor Veterinary Services Department director Dr Hassuzana Khalil.
He said frozen suckling pig imported from Spain and Vietnam, especially, will also be tested if it contains the ASF virus.
He said based on a 2018 statistics...
DA bans entry of pork, pork-based products from 13 countries
By Lilybeth Ison / PNA NEWS (Philippines)
January 4, 2019
MANILA — Due to the threat of a baffling hog disease that has killed millions of pigs all over the world and whose effect on human health is still unknown, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has banned the import of pork and pork-based products from 13 countries.
The DA has imposed strict quarantine protocols to prevent the entry of pork and pork-based products from Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, and Zambia.
“The world hog industry is faced with a threat by a disease called the African Swine Fever (ASF). The threat is real and it could affect an industry which benefits millions of families, mostly small backyard farmers, who raise 15 million heads of hogs every year,” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said in a Facebook post Friday.
Given the fact that these countries are inter-connected in one big land mass which forms part of Europe and Asia, Piñol said there is simply no way to ensure that other countries will not be affected as well.
The Philippines stands out as one of the few countries in the world that is free from animal diseases, such as the Foot and Mouth Disease.
The entry of any disease into the country, especially the ASF, whose effect on human health is still being studied, could devastate the country’s hog industry.
As such, the DA chief has ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and other DA concerned agencies to implement mitigating measures, such as the establishment of foot baths in all entry points of the country, including cruise ships; mandatory inspection of vessels docking Philippine ports; and confiscation and destruction of all pork products within 24 hours coming from ASF-affected countries...
Traders eye options for pork importation amid African Swine Fever scare
by UNTV News and Rescue (Philippines)
January 4th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Meat Importers and Traders Association is confident of having alternative countries to import pork from amid the ongoing outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
However, they cannot assure that the prices will remain stable as they see a possible increase in the price of pork products in the world market.
“It could be offset by supplies from North America. So we have options,” assured Jesus Cham, president of Meat Importers and Traders Association.
Meanwhile, the agri group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) argued that since there is enough supply of local pork in the market, they see no reason for the prices of pork to go up.
“Bumaba nga ang lokal live weight price from P130/kg dati naging P120/kg so wala tayong nakikitang problema,” said SINAG chairman, Rosendo So.
Amid the ASF scare, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol asks the public...
More Than 200 Punished for Dereliction of Duty in Swine Fever Outbreak
A total of 223 officials in three provinces have received punishments up to and including dismissal for mishandling China’s swine flu outbreak
By Du Caicai and Yang Ge, Caixin Global (China)
Jan 02, 2018
More than 200 officials in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, East China’s Anhui province and Central China’s Hunan province have been punished for failure to perform duties that may have helped to contain an African swine fever outbreak that has ravaged the nation’s pork industry.
The investigation into accountability for those who failed in their duties comes months after the first cases of the disease were discovered in early August near Liaoning’s provincial capital of Shenyang. In all, 223 people have received a range of punishments, from demerits and warnings to dismissals, according to a Dec. 30 report on a Communist Party website in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region’s city of Zalantun.
An investigation by the general office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, conducted inquiries into the outbreak in the three provinces and found multiple instances of failure to execute orders, prohibitions, and to carry out responsibilities, according to the report.
As the place where swine fever was first reported, Liaoning carried some of the largest responsibility. Following the first reports of swine fever near Shenyang in August, a total of 14 outbreaks have been reported in the province to date, some in contiguous areas.
Officials in the Liaoning cities of Shenyang, Anshan, Benxi, Dandong, Jinzhou, Yingkou and Liaoyang, as well as Tieling and Panjin counties, put off performing preventative measures in the early stages of the outbreak, the investigation found. Some officials deliberately hid information, didn’t perform appropriate monitoring, and failed to perform their duties in other ways.
In one case in September, a large number of pigs died at a breeding operation owned by a family surnamed Sun in the city of Yingkou, but authorities failed to follow up and better understand the case. As a result, the case wasn’t widely publicized, leading to conditions that allowed for the further spread of the disease. Some 27 Yingkou officials, including one senior official, were punished as a result of the investigation.
Altogether, 181 people in nine Liaoning cities were given warnings, demerits and other punishments...
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African swine fever hits huge, foreign-invested Chinese farm
Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; editing by David Evans and Richard Pullin, Reuters
January 2, 2019
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported an outbreak of deadly African swine fever on a huge pig farm part-owned by a Danish investment fund, showing the spread of the virus to modern industrial farms expected to have the best levels of disease prevention.
The outbreak occurred on a farm in Suihua city with 73,000 pigs in northeastern Heilongjiang province, owned by the Heilongjiang Asia-Europe Animal Husbandry Co Ltd, a company established in 2016.
The farm’s herd included 15,000 breeding pigs, according to its website, and it was aiming to produce 385,000 pigs for slaughter a year. Some 4,686 pigs had been infected and 3,766 animals died, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said late on Wednesday. All animals on infected farms must be culled under current rules.
The farm is the largest yet to be hit by the disease, which has infected almost 100 farms across China since August 2018, spreading faster than in any other country to date.
More than 200,000 pigs on infected farms have been culled, according to a Reuters tally of official figures, while hundreds of thousands more in the vicinity have also been put down.
China has the world’s largest hog herd and the rapid spread of African swine fever has roiled the country’s trade in pork, the nation’s most popular meat, disrupting supplies and pushing up prices in some areas.
Neither Heilongjiang Asia-Europe Animal Husbandry nor its majority owner, state-owned Zhejiang Rural Development Group Co. Ltd, responded to calls for comment.
Steffen Schiottz-Christensen, vice president for North Asia at Denmark state fund IFU, confirmed the outbreak but declined to comment further as he had yet to be fully briefed.
IFU, which provides risk capital and advice for investment in developing countries, invested 28.4 million DKK ($4.32 million) in the farm in 2017, according to its website, although its shareholding has since been diluted, Schiottz-Christensen said...
Foreign visitors to Taiwan now denied entry if unable to clear fines for illegal pork imports
The new measure was determined by the Central Swine Fever Disaster Response Center today
By Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign nationals will now be denied entry if they are unable to pay fines for attempting to bring pork products from restricted zones into the country.
CNA reports the new measure was determined in the second official meeting of the Central Swine Fever Disaster Response Center today.
On Dec. 18, the Presidential Office announced the minimum fine for the attempted import of pork products from swine fever infected zones had increased from NT$50,000 to NT$200,000, while the minimum fine for the illegal import of meat products from anywhere had increased from NT$3,000 to NT$10,000. Violators of preventative regulations are currently liable for penalties of anywhere up to NT$1,000,000.
The swine fever committee announced today foreign nationals caught attempting to import pork products from restricted zones must clear their fine immediately or upon their second visit to Taiwan. If individuals are unable or refuse to do so, they face being denied entry to the country.
The measure comes following demands from DPP legislators...
Naia quarantine group relieved for failure to block banned pork products
By: Darryl John Esguerra, INQUIRER.net (Philippines)
January 04, 2019
MANILA, Philippines —Due to its failure to follow protocols to prevent the entry of pork products from areas affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol announced that he will relieve the entire Quarantine Group of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) effective 5 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 4.
“The whole Quarantine Group assigned at the country’s main airport of entry, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, will be relieved effective 5 p.m. today for their failure to comply with an earlier order I issued to institute quarantine protocols to prevent the entry of pork products from areas affected by the African Swine Fever,” Piñol said in a statement.
“I will issue the order today even as I am here in the Bicol Region personally assessing the damage of Tropical Depression Usman and ensuring immediately delivery of interventions,” he added.
Piñol noted that he will also direct the Department of Agriculture’s Internal Administrative Service (IAS) to conduct an investigation and establish whether the officers could be charged with dereliction of duty.
On New Year’s Eve, Piñol ordered a ban on the entry of pork and pork-based products from eight countries to prevent the spread of ASF in piggeries in the country. The DA ordered a ban on the entry of pork products from Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
ASF is not harmful to humans but causes deadly hemorrhagic fever in domesticated pigs and wild boar.
Piñol noted that the “directive was for all Quarantine Stations to establish Footbaths in all entry points of the country, the interception and confiscation of all pork-based products.”
However, Piñol said he received reports “quoting agriculture advocate Rosendo So as saying that he saw no such Quarantine Procedures at the country’s main airport.”
“As Secretary of Agriculture who is in charge of the implementation of these measures, I apologize to the stakeholders of the hog industry for this administrative lapse,” he said...