Two more pork packets in Taiwan test positive for African swine fever


By Hsu Chih-wei and Christie Chen, Focus Taiwan News Channel



Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) Two packets of pork jerky, which were found discarded in bins at Taipei Songshan Airport, have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), bringing the total number of such cases to 20, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said Sunday.


The two packets of pork jerky were found in disposal bins at the airport on Jan. 23 and 24, likely discarded by passengers arriving from China, the BAPHIQ said in a statement.


The label on one of the packets showed that it was produced in China's Jiangsu province, while the label on the other packet did not specify the origin of the product, the BAPHIQ said.


However, the Chinese brand name printed on the second packet indicated that it was produced by a Shanghai-based company.


Samples of the two products were sent to the Council of Agriculture's Animal Health Research Institute for laboratory testing on Jan. 31 and were found to contain sequences of the gene fragments identical to those of the swine fever virus strain that is in China, the BAPHIQ said.


The latest results brought…