Creed: African swine fever ‘increasing cause for concern’

The recent detection of African swine fever in Belgium has been noted with concern by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed.

“The identification of African swine fever now in Belgium, close to the French border, as well as its continued spread in eastern Europe, is an increasing cause of concern,” Minister Creed said.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs. It does not affect humans and meat from pigs does not pose any food safety risk, according to the Department of Agriculture.

However, the disease has been spreading in eastern Europe since it first entered the European Union in 2014.

In addition to the new cases in Belgium, the disease is already present in a number of EU member states including Lithuania,…

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