The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added Mongolia to the list of regions they consider to be affected with African swine fever (ASF) on June 10.
“We took this action on Jan. 29, 2019, immediately after the disease was confirmed in Mongolia and are now publishing a notice in the regulations,” USDA said in a statement.
Most swine products were already restricted from this region based on Mongolia’s classical swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease status.
APHIS is now restricting imports of pork and pork products, including casings, from Mongolia in order to prevent ASF from entering the U.S.
ASF is a devastating, deadly disease of pigs that is not currently found in the United States. Although it is deadly to pigs, it does not impact humans and does not pose a food safety risk.
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