Switzerland calls ban on certain live pig imports

By Georgi Gyton contact

- Last updated on GMT

The ban has been put in place to guard against Classical swine fever
The ban has been put in place to guard against Classical swine fever

Related tags: African swine fever, European union, Oie, Livestock, Pork

Switzerland has announced a ban on live pig and pork product imports from Bulgaria, Romania and certain parts of Latvia and Croatia.  

The ban, introduced earlier this week by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, has been put in place in a bid to reduce the risk of classical swine fever (CSF) entering the country, not African swine fever (ASF) as has been widely reported.

The restrictions cover pigs and boars, their meat, sperm, eggs and embryos, according to the European Union (EU) decree.

In December last year the European Commission agreed to certain animal health control measures being used by certain member states, for the control of CSF and in the event of an outbreak of the disease.

In related news, Dr Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Bernard Lozé, president of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, took part in the Joint International Meeting on early detection and prevention of ASF in Paris on 30 June-1 July.

According to the OIE, the development of an effective surveillance requires a collective awareness of the importance of their role, a well-structured organisation, including a formal articulation with health authorities, veterinary and environmental services and more ambitious training programs. This is particularly relevant for animal diseases, such as ASF, it said.

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