Transport of pork products from Kinmen to rest of Taiwan banned for 14 days
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As a dead pig found on a Kinmen beach tested positive for African swine fever, the Council of Agriculture said Thursday it would take measures to protect the island’s 11,000 hogs, as well as ban the transport of pork products from Kinmen to the rest of Taiwan for 14 days.
Kinmen lies close to the Chinese province of Fujian, and it was not possible to determine whether the dead animal had been raised on the island or had drifted ashore from China, the Central News Agency reported.
The pig had been found last Monday, but test results showing it positive for the contagious swine fever only emerged on Thursday, according to the authorities.
The animals at the farm closest to the find had been checked and all tested negative, but the review will now be expanded to include all 68 farms in Kinmen and their total of 11,000 pigs. [FULL STORY]