Russia detects traces of ASF in finished pork products

Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog said that it had found traces of African swine fever in pork products in several regions.

26 October 2020, at 9:51am

Reuters reports that the watchdog urged processors to step up biosecurity controls and make sure producers don’t use ill or infected pigs for production.

Genetic traces of the virus - which is highly contagious among pigs, but is not dangerous to humans - were detected in products from the Voronezh region in the central part of Russia earlier this year.

These products were then supplied to several other central regions of the country.

"This is of particular concern as it poses additional risks of uncontrolled spread of infection," the statement said.

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