Brasilia, Sep 14 (EFE) .- Brazil temporarily suspended imports of pork from Germany, after the confirmation last week of a case of African swine fever in that European country, official sources reported Monday.
The Ministry of Agriculture explained in a statement that all purchases of fresh or poorly processed pork were temporarily suspended.
The decision, he stressed, was motivated by the registration of a case of the disease in a wild boar found dead on the border between Germany and Poland.
The ministry has also sent the German health authorities a document requesting “detailed information” on the “biosafety measures” adopted by the country’s industrial plants.
The Brazilian authorities did not report, however, how long the measure will be in force.
Brazil thus joins other countries, such as Argentina, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, which have already announced embargoes on the marketing of German pork.
The case goes back to last week, when the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported confirmation of African swine fever in a wild boar that was found dead in the German state of Brandenburg, on the border with Poland.
So far, it is the only confirmed case of the disease in the country, which is the largest producer of animal protein in Europe.
Although African swine fever does not pose any health hazard to humans, the disease is fatal to pigs.
At the end of 2018, a massive outbreak of the disease forced China, the world’s largest consumer of pork, to cull millions of animals across the country, a blow from which the Asian nation is still trying to recover.
(c) EFE Agency