Sale of Bulgarian pork could be prohibited with EU accession

BULGARIA - The sale of Bulgarian pig meat could soon be prohibited unless the government can prove it is successfully tackling increased outbreaks of Classical Swine fever (CSF) in the country, according to a new USDA report.
calendar icon 8 September 2006
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The report comes after a third outbreak this year of the disease was diagnosed in a village near the Black Sea port of Bourgas, in Southeast Bulgaria, raising concerns that CSF is becoming more prevalent in the country.

In a GAIN report focusing on CSF and its affects on the countries pork market, it concludes that if Bulgaria fails to convince an upcoming EU vetinary survey of its ability to handle further CSF outbreaks, then it could face further restrictions on its exports.

Should this happen; then by the time of its possible accession to full EU membership on January 1 2007, the sale of the countries pork products could be prohibited even in Bulgaria itself.

Source: Cee-Food Industry
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