Speaking with the media Monday, the Dep. Chairman of the Council of Agriculture sought to dispel rumors about ASF and reassure the public that Taiwan’s domestic pork has not been compromised
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to consumer fears surrounding the potential spread of African swine fever from China, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Agriculture (COA) under the Executive Yuan reassured people that pork products in Taiwan are safe to eat.
COA Dep. Chairman Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) emphasized that Taiwanese pork products remain clean and edible. The problem facing the government is one of protecting the domestic stock, and keeping contaminated products from entering the country.
In an address to citizens of Taiwan broadcast on Yahoo TV, Monday, Dec. 24, Huang explained the current situation involving the two strains so far discovered of African swine fever, or ASF.
The strain currently wreaking havoc in China is what Huang called a “super virus” which is incredibly lethal for the pigs infected. [FULL STORY]