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·         China urged to come clean on pig fever

TRANSPARENCY:The discovery of an infected dead pig that came from China shows that Beijing’s disease control and infection reporting are problematic, the premier said

 

·         Taiwan President visits island where dead hog was found with African swine fever

Pork products from Kinmen not allowed to move off the island for 14 days

 

 

China urged to come clean on pig fever

TRANSPARENCY:The discovery of an infected dead pig that came from China shows that Beijing’s disease control and infection reporting are problematic, the premier said

 

By Lin Chia-nan, The Taipei Times

Jan 5, 2019

 

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday called on Beijing to publicize information about the African swine fever epidemic in China and work with neighboring nations to curb the spread of the disease, after an infected pig’s carcass was found in Kinmen County.

 

Lai made the remarks at the second meeting of the Executive Yuan’s Central Emergency Operation Center to oversee quarantine measures against the disease.

 

The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Thursday confirmed that a dead pig found on a beach in Kinmen County’s Jinsha Township (金沙) on Tuesday had tested positive for the disease.

 

The carcass might have floated from China’s Fujian Province’s Zhangzhou or Xiamen via the Jiulong River to Kinmen, COA Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Director-General Feng Hai-tung (馮海東) said.

 

China has not reported any infection in the two cities to the World Organisation for Animal Health, Feng said.

 

It was likely an isolated case, the council said, adding that pigs at a farm within a 3km radius of the site have not shown any symptoms of being infected.

 

The discovery of the dead pig in Kinmen proves that China’s disease control and infection reporting are problematic, and more infected pigs might float to Matsu or other nations, Lai said.

 

China should honestly publicize its infection situation and work with other nations to curb the disease’s spread, a responsibility that it should shoulder, instead of worrying about “losing face,” he said.

 

Coast Guard Administration Director-General Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) reported at the meeting that another pig carcass had been found on a beach in Kinmen’s Siaociou Islet (小坵島) and that authorities have closed off the area.

 

With northeasterly monsoons bringing more marine garbage or animal carcasses from China to Kinmen via sea currents, the coast guard is increasing its patrols near the county, Lee said.

 

The Animal Health Research Institute has not yet received samples taken from the second dead pig, but it would finish testing within 24 hours upon receiving the samples, institute acting section chief Deng Ming-chung (鄧明中) said.

 

Council of Agriculture Acting Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) announced that starting yesterday, pork products from Kinmen are banned from entering Taiwan proper for two weeks, to ensure the safety of pigs and pork products on the main island.

 

Kimmen is not yet infected, but based on the highest degree of quarantine, the strictest standards are to be enforced,” Chen said.

 

Additional measures have been put in place...

 

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Taiwan President visits island where dead hog was found with African swine fever

Pork products from Kinmen not allowed to move off the island for 14 days

 

By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News

2019/01/04

 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the island of Kinmen Friday, asking for understanding from the local population for a 14-day ban on pork products after a hog carcass tested positive for African swine fever.

 

The test results on a dead pig which was found on a beach earlier in the week came out on Thursday, immediately triggering new measures. Related meat products will not be allowed to be moved from Kinmen to other parts of Taiwan for 14 days. Health inspectors will also review the island’s 68 hog farms, which house an estimated 11,000 animals.

 

During her visit Friday, the president asked for understanding and forgiveness, as she knew the ban would inconvenience the public, including shopkeepers selling food products to visitors.

 

Tsai underlined the dangers of African swine fever, adding that there could be no mistakes made in preventing the disease from reaching Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.

 

Local businesses said they were willing to remove pork products from shelves, but they also noted that the ban came at an awkward time, just ahead of the Lunar New Year, when consumers buy more meat products.

 

Airports and harbors on Kinmen increased their messages targeting travelers...

 

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