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·         Germany confirms first case of African swine fever

… Agriculture minister Julia Klöckner announced in a press conference in Berlin on Thursday 10 September that a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg had tested positive…

 

·         Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany

... As soon as a case of ASF is confirmed, even if it’s a wild pig, German pork exports to countries outside the EU are no longer allowed, while sales to the bloc are still possible under certain conditions, according to the DBV farm lobby. A verified case could bring German exports outside the EU to a “fairly rapid halt,” Justin Sherrard, an animal-protein strategist at Rabobank, said before Kloeckner’s announcement. That may benefit sales from other European shippers, including Spain or Denmark, as well as U.S., Canada or Brazil... “This is very friendly, bullish, to U.S. pork prices, if German pork exports are shut down,” said Dennis Smith, a senior account executive at Archer Financial Services. America has been exporting record amounts of pork to China recently... 

 

·         S.Korea bans pork imports from Germany after African swine fever case

… banned imports of pork from Germany on Thursday…

 

·         Deadly Hog Fever Found in Germany, Europe’s Top Pork Producer

… A key supplier to China, the largest consumer, Germany stepped up efforts to prevent the disease from entering the country since it emerged in western Poland late last year. That included training dogs to sniff out dead wild boar, stockpiling electric fences along the eastern border and urging drivers not to toss ham-sandwich scraps out the window... German pork exports to countries outside the EU are no longer allowed...

 

 

 

Germany confirms first case of African swine fever

 

Philip Case, Farmers Weekly (UK) 

10 September 2020

 

Germany has confirmed its first-ever case of African swine fever (ASF) amid concerns that the deadly disease in pigs is spreading to the West.

 

Agriculture minister Julia Klöckner announced in a press conference in Berlin on Thursday 10 September that a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg had tested positive.

 

The suspected case “unfortunately has been confirmed”, Ms Klöckner told reporters.

 

She said the infected area will be cordoned off. The authorities have prepared for the eventuality of ASF occurring in Germany and will be putting in place measures to prevent the disease spreading further, she added.

 

The carcass was found 6km from the Polish border, and only 30km from the last confirmed case of ASF in Poland.

 

A sample was taken and a positive result was confirmed at Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut laboratory, Germany’s national institute for animal health.

 

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Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany

 

By Megan Durisin, Brian Parkin, Isis Almeida, and Bloomberg

via Fortune - September 10, 2020

 

A deadly pig disease has just entered Germany for the first time, threatening to hammer exports from Europe’s biggest hog-producing nation.

 

A confirmed case of African swine fever has been identified in the eastern state of Brandenburg, Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said Thursday at a briefing in Berlin. The virus, which kills most infected pigs within 10 days but is not harmful to humans, was detected in the corpse of a wild boar found near the Polish border.

 

Tests were conducted at Germany’s animal health institute and sensitive areas will now be cordoned off to try to prevent the disease spreading, Kloeckner said.

 

A key supplier to China, the largest consumer, Germany stepped up efforts to prevent the disease from entering the country since it emerged in western Poland late last year. That included training dogs to sniff out dead wild boar, stockpiling electric fences along the eastern border and urging drivers not to toss ham-sandwich scraps out the window. Eastern Europe has dealt with ASF outbreaks for several years, and neighboring Belgium has also seen cases in wild animals since 2018.

 

The ASF case in Brandenburg deals a further blow to Germany as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. A nationwide lockdown plunged the economy into its worst recession since World War Two and activity isn’t expected to return to pre-crisis levels until the end of next year at the earliest.

 

Germany’s largest pork plant was shuttered for a month this summer after more than 1,000 workers tested positive for Covid-19, and additional abattoirs also faced temporary closures from outbreaks. That’s kept output below normal levels and meat producers throughout Europe and the Americas saw similar problems as slaughterhouses became hotspots for the virus.

 

Export ban

 

As soon as a case of ASF is confirmed, even if it’s a wild pig, German pork exports to countries outside the EU are no longer allowed, while sales to the bloc are still possible under certain conditions, according to the DBV farm lobby.

 

A verified case could bring German exports outside the EU to a “fairly rapid halt,” Justin Sherrard, an animal-protein strategist at Rabobank, said before Kloeckner’s announcement. That may benefit sales from other European shippers, including Spain or Denmark, as well as U.S., Canada or Brazil.

 

That would come at a time when Chinese purchases have been surging as the nation attempts to rebuild its own herds after outbreaks there decimated production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects global pork shipments to climb by almost a fifth compared with 2019. Chicago hog futures reached a four-month high on Wednesday.

 

“This is very friendly, bullish, to U.S. pork prices, if German pork exports are shut down,” said Dennis Smith, a senior account executive at Archer Financial Services. America has been exporting record amounts of pork to China recently.

 

Kloecker said Germany informed China overnight of the outbreak, but declined to comment further. China accounted for more than half of EU pork exports in the first six months of the year, government data show.

 

German sales in the EU would be protected by using “regionalization” rules to contain the outbreak and maintain trade within the bloc, Kloeckner said. Germany will ring-fence the state of Brandenburg where the case occurred, banning pork-product and livestock shipments, she said.

 

"Continue to creep across Germany" ...

 

Still, prices across the continent are likely to be pressured amid excess supply, said Rupert Claxton, meat director at consultant Gira…

 

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S.Korea bans pork imports from Germany after African swine fever case

 

Sangmi Cha, Reuters

September 10, 2020

 

SEOUL, Sept 10 (Reuters) - South Korea banned imports of pork from Germany on Thursday after a case of African swine fever was confirmed in a wild boar in eastern Germany, the South Korean agriculture ministry said.

 

In 2019, South Korea had an outbreak of African swine fever, recording at least 14 cases of the deadly hog disease, which prompted the culling of more than 145,000 pigs to contain the virus.

 

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Susan Fenton

 

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Deadly Hog Fever Found in Germany, Europe’s Top Pork Producer

 

Megan Durisin, Brian Parkin and Isis Almeida, Bloomberg

via MSN - Sep 10, 2020

 

(Bloomberg) -- A deadly pig disease has just entered Germany for the first time, threatening to hammer exports from Europe’s biggest hog-producing nation.

 

A confirmed case of African swine fever has been identified in the eastern state of Brandenburg, Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said Thursday at a briefing in Berlin. The virus, which kills most infected pigs within 10 days but is not harmful to humans, was detected in the corpse of a wild boar found near the Polish border.

 

Tests were conducted at Germany’s animal health institute and sensitive areas will now be cordoned off to try to prevent the disease spreading, Kloeckner said.

 

A key supplier to China, the largest consumer, Germany stepped up efforts to prevent the disease from entering the country since it emerged in western Poland late last year. That included training dogs to sniff out dead wild boar, stockpiling electric fences along the eastern border and urging drivers not to toss ham-sandwich scraps out the window. Eastern Europe has dealt with ASF outbreaks for several years, and neighboring Belgium has also seen cases in wild animals since 2018.

 

The ASF case in Brandenburg deals a further blow to Germany as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. A nationwide lockdown plunged the economy into its worst recession since World War Two and activity isn’t expected to return to pre-crisis levels until the end of next year at the earliest.

 

Germany’s largest pork plant was shuttered for a month this summer after more than 1,000 workers tested positive for Covid-19, and additional abattoirs also faced temporary closures from outbreaks. That’s kept output below normal levels and meat producers throughout Europe and the Americas saw similar problems as slaughterhouses became hotspots for the virus.

 

As soon as a case of ASF is confirmed, even if it’s a wild pig, German pork exports to countries outside the EU are no longer allowed, while sales to the bloc are still possible under certain conditions, according to the DBV farm lobby.

 

A verified case could bring German exports outside the EU to a “fairly rapid halt,” Justin Sherrard, an animal-protein strategist at Rabobank, said before Kloeckner’s announcement. That may benefit sales from other European shippers, including Spain or Denmark, as well as U.S., Canada or Brazil...

 

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Germany confirms first case of African swine fever

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

Sep 10, 2020

 

African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a wild boar in Germany very close to the Polish border.

 

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) confirmed Germany’s first ever case of the virus on Thursday morning.

 

The suspected case was detected in a wild boar carcase found in the eastern state of Brandenburg, and bones found carcase were sampled. The carcase was decayed suggesting ‘the entry took place a few weeks ago’, the institute said.

 

The Berlin-Brandenburg State Laboratory detected the specific genome sequences of the ASF virus in the samples taken on site and the FLI confirmed the finding on Thursday.

 

The animal was found just 6km from the Polish border and only 30km from the the last confirmed case of ASF in Poland. This makes an entry by a migrating wild boar likely, although introduction by humans through contaminated food cannot be ruled out, the institute said.

 

It said the responsible veterinary authorities on site must now take the necessary measures and stressed that it was ‘now extremely important for farmers to carefully observe farm biosecurity’.

 

“This still offers the best protection against the pathogen entering farm animal populations. The pig keeping hygiene regulation serves as the legal basis for this,” the institute said.

 

It said wild boars that have died should continue to be intensively examined nationwide for the presence of ASF and any found dead should be reported immediately to the responsible authorities.

 

“It remains important to dispose of possibly contaminated pig products such as sausage and meat in such a way that wild and domestic pigs have no access. Vehicles, clothing, footwear and equipment that could have been contaminated during hunting, for example, should be cleaned and disinfected,” the institute added.

 

“The suspected case unfortunately has been confirmed,” German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner told a news conference in Berlin on Thursday morning, Bloomberg reports.

 

She said the infected area will be cordoned off. The authorities have prepared for the eventuality of ASF occurring in Germany and will be putting in place measures to prevent the disease spreading further, she added.

 

In a Q&A on its website, published before this incident, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture states: “If ASF were detected in wild boar, a so-called zone at risk would be established. It would then be prohibited to move domestic pigs into and out of this area.

 

“If required, wild boar would be hunted more intensively. Any wild boar that was killed or found dead would be examined. Further hygiene measures for disease control would be applied (such as centralised collection of viscera, if required centralised evisceration of killed wild boar.”

 

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Germany says has suspected case of African swine fever

 

Writing by Paul Carrel, additional reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown, Reuters

via Thomson Reuters Foundation - 9 September 2020

 

BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Germany's Ministry of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday it had a suspected case of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg.

 

The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for tests at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut laboratory, the ministry said in a statement.

 

"As soon as the analysis is completed, Federal (Agriculture) Minister Julia Kloeckner will provide information about the results tomorrow," the ministry added.

 

Germany had feared a spread of the disease after cases were confirmed in wild boars in west Poland in past months with one Polish case found only about 10 km (6.21 miles) from the German border. Cases have also been recently confirmed in about 10 other European countries in wild boars which are suspected to be spreading the disease.

 

ASF is not dangerous to humans but fatal to pigs. Some countries impose import bans from regions where it has been discovered, in non-farm wild boars.

 

Millions of pigs have died or been culled due to the outbreak in China and other Asian countries. The disease has slashed China's pig herd by half since 2018.

 

There have been fears in Germany that its major exports of pork to China and other Asian regions could be threatened if the disease arrives in the country.

 

Asian countries including China regularly impose import bans on pork from regions where ASF has been discovered...

 

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