African swine fever hits Western Europe – POLITICO

The disease has sparked concern in Europe since 2014 but was confined to eastern countries | Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images

Europe’s African swine fever crisis dramatically escalated on Thursday when Belgium confirmed the disease had spread to the west of the EU.

The arrival of African swine fever in Western Europe has long been the worst fear for many in the pork industry, in part because it could mean import bans from key non-EU markets.

Belgium’s food safety agency AFSCA said it had identified two boars carrying the disease around the southern village of Étalle. Neighboring France immediately warned of the high economic stakes of the Belgian outbreak and called on regional officials to ramp up controls to stop the disease spreading…

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