A case of African swine fever was discovered at the Hong Kong slaughterhouse. This led to the destruction of all 6 thousand pigs at the facility. Sofia Chiang, the Minister of Food and Health, said the dangerous virus was found in a pig imported from a farm in Guangdong province in mainland China. For several years now, the PRC has experienced serious problems with this epidemic.
Pork is a staple food in China, and its price and availability is considered to be the subject of a national food strategy. The lack of supply has led to an increase in demand for pork from US producers, with whom China is waging an increasingly fierce tariff struggle. Sophia Chan noted that a sanitary operation at Sheung Shui was necessary for thorough cleaning and disinfection. All work will be suspended until the completion of sanitation, said the Minister of Food and Health. According to her, samples are currently being tested from contaminated production, and sampling from nearby regions is also starting. According to Sophia Chan, the stock of fresh pork in Hong Kong will be reduced. Unlike swine flu, African swine fever is not transmitted to humans, and Chiang recalled that properly cooked pork is safe to eat.
Concerns about the spread of African swine fever in the United States recently prompted the organizers to cancel the World Pork Fair, scheduled for June in the US state of Iowa. Denmark, meanwhile, began to build a fence 70 kilometers along the border with Germany, in order to keep wild boars out in an attempt to prevent the spread of this epidemic. Russia has also suffered greatly from African swine fever, and some experts believe that the Chinese outbreak of this disease could have happened as a result of the export of live pigs from the Russian Federation.