US suspends pork imports from Poland over African swine fever

CHICAGO: The United States suspended imports of pork from Poland on Thursday (Oct 18) over an outbreak of the highly contagious hog disease African swine fever in that country.

African swine fever has spread rapidly in eastern Europe and China, the world’s largest pork producer, where new cases are appearing and the disease is travelling far distances.

The United States is free of the disease, and anxious to keep it that way because infections in US herds would likely kill hogs and limit pork exports.

Humans are not susceptible to African swine fever, according to the USDA.

The agency said it was reviewing Poland’s export protocols after finding one facility there shipped pork to the United States without following requirements designed to prevent the spread…

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