UKRAINE HAS BANNED THE IMPORT OF PIGS FROM POLAND
The Veterinary Service of Ukraine has banned the import of pigs from four voivodships because of the African swine fever. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polish Radio.
The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection (Gosprosportservice) has banned imports of pigs from Podlaskie, Mazowieckie, Lublin and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeships. Poland has exported a small amount of meat to Ukraine for several years, and therefore the introduction of this ban is not a problem for the industry, experts say.
“Because of the emergence of new cases of African swine fever virus (AFS) among wild boars in Poland, the Veterinary Service of Ukraine introduced a ban on the import of animals susceptible to AFS, as well as products, raw materials, genetic material from them and feeds from Podlaskie, Mazowiecki, Lublin and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeships”, – the communiqué of the department says.
Animal feed that has undergone a heat treatment that guarantees the destruction of the AHS virus, intended for domestic animals, food of plant and chemical origin are excluded from the prohibition list.
According to Polish experts, Poland exports to Ukraine small amount of meat, and therefore the introduction of this ban is not an issue for the industry. They believe that Ukraine does not buy in Poland because it is too expensive for it, and small amounts of fat are imported.
“It is strange that a country that has much higher level of African swine fever spreading is afraid of certain products and meat that have been tested,” experts say.