China’s swine fever outbreak sets off scrap over pork

China’s swine fever outbreak sets off scrap over pork


Meat prices climb worldwide as importers scramble and consumers switch products

 The outbreak of African swine fever that is ravaging China’s pig farmers is sending shock waves through Asia’s market for imported meat. Importers in the region face a battle with Chinese buyers, while exporters reap a windfall.

The virus that causes ASF has no cure. Although it is harmless to humans, it is highly infectious and deadly to pigs.

China’s latest outbreak struck in August 2018 and rapidly spread to 30 provinces. In January, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs revealed that it has culled 900,000 pigs since the epidemic began.

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RURIKA IMAHASHI, MARIMI KISHIMOTO and TOGO SHIRAISHI