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Australia: African Swine Fever has been detected in banned pork products

Australia’s strict biosecurity authorities have detected African Swine Fever (ASF) at international border banned pork products, a disease that has proven devastating for the pork industry across China recently.

Thursday 17 January 2019 (6 months 6 days ago)
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In response to the recent spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has increased its border activities. As part of this, a sample of pork products seized at international airports and mail processing centres over a two week period has been tested for African swine fever.

The testing was conducted at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong.

Head of Biosecurity at the department, Lyn O’Connell, said the department has increased our controls and remains committed to keeping Australia’s $60 billion agricultural industries free from the disease.

“The test results show 6 pork products from 152 tested were contaminated with African swine fever virus,” Ms O’Connell said.

Thursday January 17, 2019.
Australian Pork Limited/ Australia. http://australianpork.com.au
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources/ Australia. http://www.agriculture.gov.au

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