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Danish fears of strict export restrictions have been put at bay as pigs suspected of swine fever test negative to preliminary examinations.

Danish fears of strict export restrictions have been put at bay as pigs suspected of swine fever test negative to preliminary examinations.

As a result Danish Crown​, the world's biggest pigmeat exporter, is to reopen a slaughterhouse in north-west Denmark today.

The plant, which handles around 20,000 pigs per week, more than five per cent of Danish Crown's total production, has been told no meat can be transported from its facility until the final test proves negative.

Countries found to suffer from the disease could face strict export restrictions that could badly damage Denmark's massive pigmeat trade.

Danish Crown accounts for 9.3 per cent of the European Union's total pork production. Denmark, with more than twice as many pigs as its five million people, exports pigmeat worth around €3.26 billion.

Swine fever has a high mortality rate in young pigs, but is not dangerous to humans. It can be transmitted via direct contact between animals.

This is the third time this year a swine fever scare has caused the closure of a slaughterhouse in Denmark, but so far all cases have proven unfounded.

Denmark has not suffered from serious swine fever since 1933. The final results are expected later today.

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