China is shutting down some small slaughterhouses throughout the country in an effort to better prevent and control the devastating African swine fever (ASF) virus sweeping through the region.
On Tuesday, China’s agriculture ministry said it will reduce the number of small-scale slaughterhouses to slow ASF spread. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website that there are too many small slaughterhouses in some places in China, equipped with old facilities and backward production techniques, Reuters reports. Because of this, checks on pork quality are often not done properly, the article said.
The ministry will begin reviewing slaughterhouses in some parts of China from mid-November and shut down slaughterhouses that do not meet the requirements, the ministry said.
China recently confirmed an outbreak of ASF in the southwestern province of Yunnan. The case was reported on a farm with 15 pigs in the Chuxiong autonomous prefecture in the center of the province.
It’s been more than a year since the disease first struck and reports show the disease is continuing to make its way through the area.
To follow the spread of ASF, visit porkbusiness.com/ASF.
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