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Bulgaria urges EU to accept pork exports

After Bulgaria contended with multiple outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), EU animal health authorities consider easing regional pork export bans.

27 April 2021, at 10:03am

Bulgaria’s Food Safety Agency (BFSA) is petitioning the European Commission to allow pork exports from all Bulgarian regions into the trading bloc.

The Commission initially imposed regionalized export bans after African swine fever was detected on multiple pig farms. However, the EU has eased restrictions on some pig and pork exports from Bulgaria after the country performed well on multiple food safety audits. In light of the country’s rapid progress, the BFSA id urging the EU to ease its regionalization approach and accept exports from the whole country.

This is the second easing of restrictions in a month. In March, the European Commission eased the restrictions in five Bulgarian regions.

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