China finds second African swine fever case at WH Group plant

BEIJING (Reuters) – China found its second case of African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group Ltd’s Chinese unit, stirring concerns about the spread of the deadly infection across the world’s largest pig herd.

Some 30 hogs died of the disease at the slaughterhouse in Zhengzhou in central Henan province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. The pigs had traveled thousands of kilometers from a farm in Jiamusi city in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang, it said.

Local authorities suspended operations and sealed off the slaughterhouse, controlled by China’s largest pork processor Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development, a subsidiary of WH Group, a WH spokeswoman confirmed with Reuters.

The outbreak comes almost two…

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