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Vietnam suspends pork imports from Hungary, Poland amid swine flu scare
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Vietnam suspends pork imports from Hungary, Poland amid swine flu scare

The Saigon Times Daily

Workers are processing pork in this file photo. Vietnam will stop importing pork and pork products from Hungary and Poland amid fears of the spread of African swine fever - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Permanent Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan has approved a decision to suspend imports of pork and pork-related products from Hungary and Poland, starting September 20, to prevent African swine fever from spreading to the country, reported news website VietnamPlus.

The ban will remain in force until the two Central European countries announce that they are free from the contagious disease, in line with regulations of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The decision cited an announcement by OIE as saying that so far this year, Hungary has reported a disease of wild boars in the two provinces of Heves and Szabolcs-Szatmar-Berge, which killed 17 wild boars and resulted in one pig being culled.

In Poland, African swine fever affected five localities, including Warminsko-Mazurskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie Mazowieckie and Lubelskie, during the first eight months of the year. Consequently, 315 wild boars and 162 out of 5,440 domestic pigs were infected.

Vietnam will approve the import of pork and pork products from the affected regions that were exported prior to September 20 and are currently in transit.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked the animal health agencies nationwide to thoroughly check pork import shipments.

In related news, the General Department of Vietnam Customs on September 14 issued an emergency release, asking the customs agencies across the country to conduct thorough inspections of people crossing the border to Vietnam from swine flu-hit areas.

The customs department cited data from the ministry as saying that 12 countries have reported the disease, including China, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and South Africa. It also demanded that the relevant agencies team up with the competent authorities to step up prevention efforts against the smuggling of pork and pork products and impose heavy fines for violations.

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