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·         African swine fever case confirmed in Hong Kong's slaughterhouse

·         Hong Kong reports African swine fever case 

·         Chinese pork production to be cut 20% by ASF [China]

·         Southern localities on alert for African swine fever [Vietnam]




African swine fever case confirmed in Hong Kong's slaughterhouse


Source: Xinhua (China) | Editor: yan



HONG KONG, May 11 (Xinhua) -- An African swine fever (ASF) case was confirmed at a slaughterhouse in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and about 6,000 pigs would be culled, a health official of the SAR government said late Friday.


Sophia Chan, secretary for food and health of the HKSAR government, said it was confirmed Friday afternoon that ASF virus was found in a pig in the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse in the New Territories.


An inter-departmental meeting was held to discuss the response action and follow up work.


Chan said, in order to minimize the risk of ASF virus spreading from the slaughterhouse, all pigs in Sheung Shui slaughterhouse would be culled so...





Hong Kong reports African swine fever case


Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Meg Shen; Editing by Louise Heavens, Reuters

May 10, 2019


HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong government confirmed an African swine fever case on Friday night, in a further sign that the virus is continuing to spread beyond mainland China’s borders.


The case of the incurable disease was found in Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse which is located in the New Territories, bordering China’s southern Guangdong province.


Around 6,000 pigs in the slaughterhouse will be culled, an official from the food and health department said, adding that the slaughterhouse will be closed for cleaning and sanitizing in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.


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Chinese pork production to be cut 20% by ASF


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



African Swine Fever (ASF) could cut Chinese pig numbers by up to 20%, a new report has found.


The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) latest Food Outlook report has warned that ASF could cut the nation’s pig production by a fifth.


The report stated: “While the exact impacts are still to be determined, the disease could cause a near 20 percent decline in China's hog inventories. The sharp contraction is supported by indirect evidence, suggesting a large local contraction in the pigmeat processing industry as well as in pig feed production and sales.”​


The FAO said that the impact in China would reverberate throughout the world. “The global impact is likely to be complex. On the one hand, pigmeat imports are projected to rise by as much as 26 percent. Imports of other meats, including bovine and poultry meats, are also expected to rise. On the other hand, fewer pigs in China should translate into lower demand for feed grains and oilseeds, in particular soybeans. China imports about two-thirds of all internationally-traded soybeans, and around half of these are destined for its domestic pig herds. Imports were already slowing due to trade tensions with the United States of America; they are further reinforced by the country's decision to reduce the protein requirements for pig feed.”​


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Southern localities on alert for African swine fever



Vietnam Plus - May 10, 2019


HCM City (VNA) - Authorities in the southern largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City have been taking drastic measures in response to African swine fever after outbreaks were reported in the neighbouring province of Dong Nai.


According to the city’s Sub-department of Veterinary Health, no pigs with African swine fever had been discovered. However the swine fever had attacked Dong Nai province which provides up to 50 percent of pork for HCM City, so the chances were high that it could spread.


Some 4,000 pigs from northern provinces are sent from HCM City to be distributed in the Mekong Delta everyday. This also poses the risk of disease spreading in southern provinces.


Huynh Tan Phat, the sub-department’s deputy head, said that management of pigs imported to the city had been tightened.


However, it was difficult to control pork dispatched from other provinces and shipped to the city’s markets for consumption.


Phat urged authorities in southern provinces and cities to collaborate to prevent the disease from spreading.


Meanwhile, illegal slaughterhouses in districts 12, Go Vap and Binh Tan posed a threat of African swine fever infecting HCM City’s pig population.


There are nearly 4,000 pig farming households with some 274,000 pigs in the city, of which 274 households feed pigs with leftover food, one of the main causes of the disease.


Since May 2, pigs have only been transported to HCM City via national highways 1A and 1K, and are being sterilised at Thu Duc and Xuan Hiep quarantine checkpoints.


Quarantine certificates are not being issued for slaughterhouses in affected areas.