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·         ASF found in meat entering Northern Ireland

·         ASF-infected meat seized by Northern Ireland port authorities

 

 

ASF found in meat entering Northern Ireland

 

Chris McCullough, Pig Progress 

Jul 11, 2019   

 

Traces of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus have been found in meat that was brought into Northern Ireland illegally by passengers in the month of June.

 

In total, airport authorities seized over 300kg of illegal meat in June. The Northern Irish Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said a sample of these seizures was tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), resulting in the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus DNA fragments.

 

DAERA said that whilst this type of discovery in itself does not pose a significant threat to the animal health status of Northern Ireland nor does it affect the disease free status from ASF, it does reinforce the importance of the controls on personal imports of meat and dairy products enforced by DAERA officials.

 

Illegal to bring in food products ...

 

more, including links

https://www.pigprogress.net/Health/Articles/2019/7/ASF-found-in-meat-entering-Northern-Ireland-449560E/

 

 

ASF-infected meat seized by Northern Ireland port authorities

 

Pig World (UK)

July 11, 2019

 

Traces of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus have been found in meat seized in Northern Ireland.

 

Alert port authorities in Northern Ireland seized 300kgs of illegal meat and dairy products brought in by passengers during June, writes Chris McCullough.

 

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said a sample of these seizures was tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) resulting in the detection of ASF DNA fragments.

 

The Department said that while this type of discovery in itself does not pose a significant threat to the animal health status of Northern Ireland nor does it affect the disease free status from ASF, it does reinforce the importance of the controls on personal imports of meat and dairy products enforced by DAERA officials.

 

While the authorities are stressing that ASF poses no threat to human health, the virus, which is causing devastation in Asia and is present in a number of European countries, is easily transmitted in pork products. Northern Ireland is only too aware that if ASF entered the country it could have devastating effects, as all exports of relevant agri-food products would be severely restricted damaging the local economy and putting local jobs at risk.

 

The warnings are clear at points of entry into Northern Ireland from DAERA, which emphasises that meat and dairy products should not be brought into Northern Ireland in passengers’ luggage and that such items may be seized by portal inspection branch staff at local ports and airports.

 

DAERA chief veterinary officer Dr Robert Huey warned that it is illegal to bring certain food and plant products back into the country to avoid the risks of importing animal or plant disease.

 

Dr Huey said:

 

more

http://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/asf-infected-meat-seized-by-northern-ireland-port-authorities.html