China Blames Spread of Deadly Pig Disease on ‘Lawless Elements’ and Dirty Vehicles
Unhygienic transportation of pigs and “lawless elements” that ignore restrictions on swine movement are to blame for the spread of deadly African swine fever across China, authorities said Wednesday.
Seventeen provincial-level areas have been hit by the disease, which does not affect humans but can be fatal to infected pigs, the Agriculture, Transport and Public Security ministries said in a rare joint statement.
A government survey has found that long-distance transportation was the main cause for the virus-borne fever’s wide reach, the ministries said. They blamed vehicles that “do not meet epizootic prevention requirements” or that hadn’t been cleaned or disinfected.
Graphic: Gao Baiyu/Caixin
Some “lawless elements driven by profit” who had moved pigs out of high-risk areas were also blamed for spreading the disease. The statement called for stricter inspections of vehicles transporting animals.
The outbreak in China, the world’s largest pork market, is “pushing China’s hog prices higher” and could “force a shakeup of the global pork market,” sending ripples through the grain and animal-feed industries as well, according to a report by U.S. farm credit bank CoBank.
The country’s first case of African swine fever was reported in August in the northeastern province of Liaoning. At least 200,000 animals have been culled as part of efforts to control the disease, Reuters reported in late October.
The virus, initially concentrated in China’s north and northeast, has spread to the southwestern province of Yunnan, a major pork production and consumption hub.
The latest case to be announced Thursday afternoon was an outbreak in Huanggang, Hubei province, that infected 24 out of 636 animals on a single farm, killing 13.
Contaminated pig feed also has been blamed for the spread of swine fever in China. Major animal-feed company Tangrenshen Group Co. Ltd. disclosed on Monday that government officials in Anhui province had found suspected traces of the virus in one of its subsidiary’s products, and that it was investigating the matter.
African swine fever is highly contagious and is spread through physical contact and ingestion of products made from infected animals, according to the European Food Safety Authority.
Contact reporter Teng Jing Xuan (email@example.com)
Mar 23 18:10
Mar 22 19:22
Mar 22 18:30
Mar 22 18:32
Mar 22 17:54
Mar 22 15:06
Mar 22 12:45
Mar 22 00:02
Mar 21 17:12
Mar 21 17:16
Mar 21 16:52
Mar 21 15:49
Mar 20 19:25
Mar 20 18:20
Mar 20 17:07
- 1HNA’s Latest Asset Sale Attracts U.S., Indian Bidders: Source
- 2China’s Tesla Rival Denies Reports of Mass Layoffs, Inflated Sales Figures
- 3Popular WeChat Account Valued at 2 Billion Yuan Snapped Up By Education Firm
- 4Update: It’s Banks’ Turn for the Hot Seat of Supply-Side Reform
- 5Analysts Butt Heads Over Outlook of China’s Surging Stock Market
- 1Power To The People: Pintec Serves A Booming Consumer Class
- 2Largest hotel group in Europe accepts UnionPay
- 3UnionPay mobile QuickPass debuts in Hong Kong
- 4UnionPay International launches premium catering privilege U Dining Collection
- 5UnionPay International’s U Plan has covered over 1600 stores overseas