African swine fever outbreak likely within a year – Eustice

African swine fever outbreak likely within a year – Eustice


Farming Minister George Eustice has warned that an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) is likely in the UK within the next year.

Commenting on the Government’s efforts to keep ASF out of the country in response to a letter from NPA chairman Richard Lister, Mr Eustice said: “The UK risk level is currently set at medium, which means an outbreak is expected within a year.”

He said Defra and the Devolved authorities are actively working with UK Border Force to improve intelligence sharing and detect and seize illegal imports and to raise awareness amongst travellers about the risks of bringing in potentially infected animal products.

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Alistair Driver