Taiwan tightens border inspections against African swine fever
》African swine fever
Taiwan has strengthened measures for preventing the spread of African swine fever in outlying Kinmen County, and the country as a whole remains on high alert, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Feb. 5.
As we approach the Chinese New Year’s holiday starting on 1/23, outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) continue to spread across Asia, with 11 countries declared as outbreak regions including China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Korea, East Timor, and Indonesia.
At the Cabinet’s weekly meeting Thursday, Premier Su Tseng-chang said that the government’s agricultural policies over the past three-plus years to improve the well-being of farm workers, establish a robust environment, and boost agricultural competiveness have yielded impressive results.
Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung says that this year’s Lunar New Year travel rush will bring with it a heightened risk of African swine fever reaching Taiwan. That’s because the disease has spread widely in the past year, hitting eleven countries in Asia.
Additional measures are being implemented to prevent the spread of African swine fever to Taiwan, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Jan. 3.
Taiwan's government has fined inbound travelers roughly US$4.5 million for bringing in pork products from countries with African swine fever outbreaks since stiffer fines were established for the offense in late 2018.
Taiwan has stepped up efforts for preventing an outbreak of African swine fever ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, as the government continues its commitment to protecting the country’s hog farming industry.
Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products have been banned after a pork liver paste from the Southeast Asian country tested positive for African swine fever virus, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Dec. 25.
The agriculture council says that if African swine fever breaks out in Taiwan, the government will impose a ban on the transport and slaughtering of pigs for at least one week. African swine fever does not affect humans but it is fatal to pigs. The disease has spread to 11 Asian countries, following an outbreak in China last August.