After South Korea reported this week that it first discovered the African swine fever epidemic, China announced on Thursday that it would ban the import of pigs and related products from South Korea. The African swine plague has spread to many Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, and Myanmar, causing a shortage of pork prices.
Although the African swine fever virus is not dangerous to human health, it is highly contagious and often leads to a large number of infected pigs, causing economic losses to the affected areas.
African swine fever was first discovered in northeastern China last summer and spread rapidly throughout the country, and then spread to neighboring countries such as Vietnam and North Korea. This week, a farm in South Korea showed pigs infected with the virus and five pigs died. This is the first time that South Korea has discovered the death of African swine fever.
On Thursday, the General Administration of Customs of China announced on its official website a warning to prevent the introduction of Korean piglets in South Korea. “It is forbidden to import pigs, wild boars and their products directly or indirectly from South Korea”.
Pork is the most consumed meat in China. China is particularly affected by the swine fever epidemic. In recent months, pork prices have soared. According to statistics, pork prices increased by 46.7% year-on-year in August. To alleviate the tight supply and demand, China has placed 10,000 tons of strategic reserve frozen pork on the market on Thursday.
The AFP report quoted Chinese government data as saying that in the first half of this year, the number of live pigs in China decreased by 347 million, down 15% year-on-year. The government said that preventing the epidemic has preventively culling 1.16 million pigs, but public opinion believes that the actual epidemic in China is even more serious.