Russia bans pork imports from Hungary

Russia's agricultural watchdog Rozzelkhoznadzor has announced temporary restrictions on live pig and pork product imports from Hungary due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak detected in the territory of the Heves region.

Rozzelkhoznadzor announced also that it has not banned the imports of products that have been processed using technology that ensures the destruction of the ASF virus. These products include finished pork products, finished products containing pork or raw materials of animal origin, raw materials of animal origin, intended for the production of feed for unproductive animals and fur-bearing animals.

2018-05-Hungary-ASF.jpgSerbia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea have also imposed temporary restrictions on pork imports from Hungary after the detection of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the north of the country. On April 21, the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) from Hungary said that the virus was detected in a single boar in the region of Heves. The international animal health body OIE said that based on the information available at the moment "the most likely source of the infection is food waste, introduced by foreign citizens working in large numbers in industrial facilities located in this area. The detailed epidemiological investigation is ongoing.” The local authorities said that a measure is in place that pig farms and producers from the infected area are forbidden from exporting pigs and pork products to other EU member states or third countries.