Two more dead pigs drifted to shore June 4 and 5 causing Taiwan to suspend the export of pigs and pork products from Kinmen County, an outlying county close to China, for at least one week. The dead pigs tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) after a polymerase chain reaction test proved they had been infected with the virus.
Since December 2018, 10 pig carcasses (suspected to be from China) have washed up on Kinmen and have tested positive for the virus.
To prevent an outbreak of ASF in Taiwan proper, the Taipei Times reported that Kinmen County would be banned from exporting its pigs and pork products to Taiwan’s mainland and other outlying islands under Taiwan’s jurisdiction for at least a week, the African Swine Fever Response Center said.
However, seven companies in Kinmen that passed the government’s inspections could continue to sell their products to Taiwan proper and nearby outlying islands, the center added. These seven companies were the only ones to have been inspected over the years, said Hsu Jung-pin, a senior Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine official.
According to The Taipei Times, these companies have the proper facilities to heat swill to 90°C for 60 minutes to kill bacteria before it is fed to pigs.
Other businesses, ranging from pig farms to local snack companies utilizing pork products, have either not been thoroughly inspected or have not applied for inspections, Hsu said.
Kinmen Animal and Plant Disease Control Center officials have disinfected the areas where the two dead pigs were found and nearby pig farms have been inspected by veterinarians. No live pigs have tested positive for the ASF virus to date.
Repeated cases of floating pig carcasses have spurred the Ocean Affairs Council to respond. In a Facebook post on Sunday, they told Beijing to “get your pigs in order,” the Taipei Times reported.
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