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·         Talks with China on ending its German pork ban remain difficult -minister [Sep 10]

… China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany's first ASF case. Germany is asking China to accept the "regionalisation concept" which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where swine fever has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country… Other states seeking regionalisation agreements with China had so far not been successful, he added…  

 

·         "USA needs to regionalise if ASF jumps to Puerto Rico" [Aug 11]

The United States will have to regionalise quickly in case the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus would jump from the Dominican Republic to the neighbouring island Puerto Rico. Under the current OIE regulations, it would mean that third countries could block pork imports from the entire USA…

 

·         Ag Ministers of Americas approve coordinated action to prevent ASF from entering the region [Sep 10]

… The disease was detected in the Dominican Republic and raised concerns across the region due to its potential effect on swine production. At the event, the Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, Limber Cruz, reported on the current situation and actions underway in his country, which officially notified the appearance of the disease in its territory in July… 

 

 

 

Talks with China on ending its German pork ban remain difficult -minister

 

Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by David Evans, Reuters

September 10, 2021

 

HAMBURG, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Talks with China on lifting its ban on German pork imports after the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) was found in Germany remain difficult, German junior agriculture minister Uwe Feiler said on Friday.

 

China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany's first ASF case.

 

Germany is asking China to accept the "regionalisation concept" which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where swine fever has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country.

 

Negotiations with China are continuing at the level of experts, Feiler told a press conference.

 

"These negotiations are proving difficult," Feiler said.

 

Other states seeking regionalisation agreements with China had so far not been successful, he added.

 

"It is important that we continue," he said. "But other countries have shown their readiness to accept the regionalisation concept and we are continuing to work towards China also accepting this."

 

Germany has been successful in containing ASF in a small eastern region, Feiler added…

 

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https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/talks-with-china-ending-its-german-pork-ban-remain-difficult-minister-2021-09-10/

 

 

"USA needs to regionalise if ASF jumps to Puerto Rico"

 

Vincent ter Beek, Pig Progress

Aug 11, 2021

 

The United States will have to regionalise quickly in case the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus would jump from the Dominican Republic to the neighbouring island Puerto Rico. Under the current OIE regulations, it would mean that third countries could block pork imports from the entire USA.

 

That was explained by Rosemary Sifford, DVM, administrator at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), part of the US Department of Agriculture, in a special webinar around the theme of African Swine Fever on Tuesday night.

 

The webinar, organised by the National Pork Board, was titled “What ASF in the Dominican Republic means for US pork producers.” Dr Sifford addressed various issues around the virus which showed up in the Western hemisphere for the first time in 40 years and explained how the US got involved with the detection of the virus.

 

Puerto Rico is a US territory

 

Despite not being a US state, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. The island, having 3.3 million inhabitants, is located 115km east of the Dominican Republic.

 

Dr Sifford referred to regulations by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). She said, “The OIE does not distinguish between countries/territories regarding ASF status. If there would be a detection in Puerto Rico – or another US territory or commonwealth – we would work quickly to regionalise. If this were to happen, we would have to have all the documentation in place to quickly show protection for the US mainland. We would have to regionalise as much trade as possible.”

 

Regionalisation is often not as straightforward to achieve as it seems. When ASF broke in Eastern Germany, the country worked hard to get countries outside the EU to accept a regionalisation policy for non-affected states. After some months, Asian countries like Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand for instance accepted such a deal, and South Korea re-opened for selected pork products. However, by far the largest importer China has not accepted it so far.

 

Effective measures to prevent pork imports ...

 

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https://www.pigprogress.net/World-of-Pigs1/Articles/2021/8/USA-needs-to-regionalise-if-ASF-jumps-to-Puerto-Rico-780697E/

 

 

Ag Ministers of Americas approve coordinated action to prevent ASF from entering the region

 

by Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply

via The Pig Site - 10 September 2021

 

The Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas pledged to combat the African Swine Fever with national and hemispheric initiatives and in a coordinated manner.

 

The commitment was made at the 2021 Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas/Inter-American Board of Agriculture (JIA), held this week in San José, Costa Rica.

 

The disease was detected in the Dominican Republic and raised concerns across the region due to its potential effect on swine production. At the event, the Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, Limber Cruz, reported on the current situation and actions underway in his country, which officially notified the appearance of the disease in its territory in July.

 

The ministers of IICA's 34 member countries pledged to carry out joint actions in collaboration with international organizations linked to food production and animal health. They also asked the Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero, to support the development and execution of binational projects and actions, and the implementation of work plans defined in the sub-regional spaces, with the aim of eradicating outbreaks and preventing and containing the spread. of the virus, for the Hemisphere to regain African Swine Fever free status...

 

Other themes ...

 

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https://www.thepigsite.com/news/2021/09/ag-ministers-of-americas-approve-coordinated-action-to-prevent-asf-from-entering-the-region