: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Moldova bans pork imports from Ukraine

The Moldovan Government on Wednesday, 28 September, decided on a temporary ban on imports of pork from Ukraine, according to state news agency Moldpres.

The decision came as a result of a September 27 meeting of the Emergency for Emergency Situations convened by Prime Minister Pavel Filip. The Commission approved the action plan to prevent the spread of African swine fever in the country`s territory.

The document stipulates that the National Food Safety Agency shall coordinate actions to prevent the spread of the ASF in the territory of Moldova and allocate the funds required to control the virus.

As UNIAN reported earlier, since the beginning of 2016 Ukraine more than 50 cases of ASF have been registered in Ukraine, with 40 outbreaks reported in 2015.

African swine fever (Montgomery disease) is a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. ASF virus bears no threat to humans. The disease is transmitted by direct contact of healthy animals with the sick ones, through pork products, by ticks, and with mechanic means (vehicles, with the moving of people and animals). There has been no vaccine discovered. Almost all of the population infected pigs dies. The virus is destroyed by heating to extremely high temperatures.


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