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Belarus to stop pork imports from two oblasts of Russia

MINSK, 25 July (BelTA) – Belarus will step up measures to prevent the import of pork from Tver Oblast and Volgograd Oblast, Russia due to an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), BelTA learned from Yuri Pivovarchik, Chief State Veterinary Inspector of Belarus.

Yuri Pivovarchik specified that Belarus had earlier banned the import of potentially dangerous products from the two oblasts of Russia due to the ASF propagation. The ban is still in place but measures will be enhanced to prevent the disease from penetrating Belarus.

The official said measures have to be taken to prevent the import of live animals, sperm, pork and processed pork products, hides, hoof raw materials, hog hair, and hunter’s trophy acquired from susceptible animals.

Everything will be done to prevent the import of zoogenic and phytogenic feed and supplementary feed for animals, including those made from poultry and fish, supplementary feed for cats and dogs and ready-made feed for dogs and cats that have been thermally treated and made out of raw materials originating from Tver Oblast and Volgograd Oblast, second-hand equipment to breed, slaughter and gut swine.

There are plans to take additional measures to ensure biological protection of major pig-breeding complexes, pig-breeding farms, and farms of all ownership patterns.

According to the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service of Russia, Rosselkhoznadzor, on 16 July 2012 genetic material of African swine fever was detected in a dead pig formerly owned by a resident of the village of Ivanovka, Oktyabrsky District, Volgograd Oblast. African swine fever was detected in the village of Glushkovo, Rameshki District, Tver Oblast on 23 July and at a pig-breeding complex of OAO Zavolzhskoye, Kalininsky District on 24 July.