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· Taiwan not invited to OIE experts meeting on ASF in Beijing
… As a formal OIE member, "we would have definitely attended (the meeting) if it was not held in China," Huang said, attributing Taiwan's absence to Beijing's "usual act" of blocking Taiwan from joining international events…
· Dead pig floating off Taiwan island of Matsu diagnosed with African Swine Fever
… While the pig had floated in from China, there were two hog farms within 3 kilometers from the location of the find, reports said. Disinfection measures were taken and the animals at the farms tested negative for the disease…
Taiwan not invited to OIE experts meeting on ASF in Beijing
By Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu, Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Taiwan was not invited to an experts meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on African swine fever (ASF) currently being held in Beijing, a senior official from the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA) said Monday.
Though the council contacted the OIE headquarters in Paris early last week to express its intention to attend the April 8-9 meeting, it never received a response, said COA deputy chief Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), who also serves on Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF.
As a formal OIE member, "we would have definitely attended (the meeting) if it was not held in China," Huang said, attributing Taiwan's absence to Beijing's "usual act" of blocking Taiwan from joining international events.
Judging from Beijing's obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly, "of course it was going to block (Taiwan's presence)," especially with the meeting held on its soil in an ASF-stricken area, Huang said.
The COA official did not expect, however, that there would be any data released at the two-day experts meeting that was not already included in the OIE's reports of current ASF outbreaks.
An assessment by Taiwan's emergency operation center concluded that ASF outbreaks in China would be at their peak until June, but it could be longer than that, Huang suggested, because Beijing has kept the world in the dark on outbreaks of the highly-deadly animal disease in China.
Beijing's public reporting of the number of ASF cases and animal losses has been "unreasonable and opaque" in comparison with the scale of ASF-hit areas in China, Huang charged.
On Sunday, China's government reported ASF cases in the Tibet Autonomous Region for the first time.
It had been one of the two remaining areas along with the island province of Hainan out of 31 provinces, municipal cities and autonomous regions in China that had not been attacked by the ASF virus since the first outbreak was reported in Shenyang, Liaoning province on Aug. 3, 2018.
In addition, the percentage of pork products from China that were intercepted at Taiwan's borders and tested positive for ASF infection has not fallen below 1 percent. Also, Japanese authorities have recently found active ASF virus in pork sausages from China.
"That proves that China remains unable to block infected pigs from being slaughtered and made into food products," Huang said...
Dead pig floating off Taiwan island of Matsu diagnosed with African Swine Fever
Export of pork products from Matsu banned for one week
By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The carcass of a hog found on the offshore island of Matsu on April 4 was diagnosed with African Swine Fever Tuesday, leading to a week-long ban on the transport of pigs from the county.
Taiwan has introduced strict import controls and airport checks on pork and other meat products from affected countries such as China, but dead pigs have been found floating from the province of Fujian to the nearby Taiwanese-held islands of Kinmen and Matsu.
The Council of Agriculture investigated the latest dead animal, found on the Matsu island of Nangan, with test results appearing Tuesday confirming the animal died of the African Swine Fever, according to the Central News Agency.
While the pig had floated in from China, there were two hog farms within 3 kilometers from the location of the find, reports said. Disinfection measures were taken and the animals at the farms tested negative for the disease.
As a preventive measure, all pork and related meat products would not be allowed to be transported from Matsu to the rest of Taiwan or to other offshore islands for one week beginning April 10, CNA reported.
African Swine Fever has been reported from all provinces of China, with only...