Germany continues talks with China over pork import bans

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HAMBURG, Dec 10 (Reuters) РThe German government is continuing intensive talks with China about relaxing import bans on German pork imposed after the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in the country this autumn, Germany’s agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

China and other Asian pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September after the first ASF case was confirmed in Germany in wild boars, causing Chinese pork prices to surge and German prices to fall.

Around 240 ASF cases have been confirmed in Germany since the first on Sept. 10. All were in wild animals, with farm pigs not involved.

Germany is continuing to press China for a regionalization agreement on pork imports, the agriculture ministry in Berlin said in a statement.

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