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∑ S. Korea in final disinfection stretch with no new confirmed ASF case for 5th day
∑ Pork auction prices normalize as outbreak of Africa swine fever in Korea eases
S. Korea in final disinfection stretch with no new confirmed ASF case for 5th day
via The Korea Herald - Oct 8, 2019
South Korea's quarantine authorities are doubling disinfection efforts to stem the nationwide spread of African swine fever as no new confirmed ASF case has been reported in the past five days.
The country's agriculture ministry said Tuesday it will complete the planned purchase of pigs north of Seoul, where most of the deadly animal disease cases were reported.
The latest ASF case was confirmed in Gimpo, northwest of Seoul, on Thursday. Since then, all suspected cases have tested negative.
Since the first outbreak of the highly contagious disease on Sept. 17, the country has confirmed 13 cases of ASF.
So far, all confirmed cases have been reported north of Seoul, with quarantine officials rolling out intensive operations in the affected areas to prevent the virus from reaching other parts of the country.
The ministry earlier began purchasing all pigs outside a 3-kilometer boundary of farms infected with the virus in Paju and Gimpo -- located near the border with North Korea -- for slaughter and safety checks before the meat is released on the market.
Pigs that are not purchased will be slaughtered as a precautionary step, according to the ministry.
South Korea has already completed the culling of around 150,000 pigs within the 3-km radius of 13 infected farms in the region north of Seoul. The figure accounts for more than 1 percent of all pigs being raised in the country...
Pork auction prices normalize as outbreak of Africa swine fever in Korea eases
By Kim Tae-joon and Lee Ha-yeon, Pulse (S.Korea)
Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea & mk.co.kr
Pork prices at the Korean auction markets that jumped since outbreaks of the African swine fever in South Korea normalized amid signs of easing in the spread of the disease and softening in consumer demand.
The wholesale prices of pork fell to an average 3,308 won ($2.77) per kilogram on Monday at the nationís auction markets, according to a website operated by the Korea Institute for Animal Products Quality Evaluation.
Pork wholesale prices since the first outbreak of the animal disease on Sep. 17 peaked at 6,201 won on the following day and fell to 5,657 won on Sep. 28. The prices since then skidded to the 3,000 won level from Oct. 2, even lower than a day before the outbreak.
The plunge in wholesale prices, however, has yet to be reflected in its retail prices as stocks were purchased at higher auction prices by stores...