Breaking news: Danes move quickly on suspected swine fever case

By Ed Bedington

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The Herning plant has been temporarily closed
The Herning plant has been temporarily closed

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A Danish slaughterhouse has been placed under temporary closure while investigations are carried out over a suspected case of swine fever in a pig sent for slaughter.

The Herning plant, operated by Danish Crown, is still closed while vets carry out tests on the animal, which came from a herd in Skjern. The plant was closed yesterday and authorities have maintained the closure while samples are tested at the DTU Veterinary Institute at Lindholm.

In a statement, Danish Crown said the results from the tests were expected to be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 2 May). It added that the measures taken to close the operation were normal procedure in the case of suspected swine fever.

Suspected outbreaks are a frequent occurrence in Denmark, but as yet, there has been no outbreak of classical swine fever in the country since 1933.

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