China Culls 200,000 Pigs with ASF; New Outbreak in Poland

China, the world’s largest pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs from its herds due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever. The disease, fatal to pigs, has also been detected in Poland.

A Reuters report says Chinese health officials made the announcement last week. That number represents a small part of the 700 million pigs that China slaughters every year for food consumption. Restrictions on transporting animals that are designed to help curb the spread of the disease have created tight pork supplies in parts of the country.

Forty-one disease outbreaks have affected 27 different cities across the country. China has culled pigs on each of the farms hit by outbreaks, as well as all the animals on other farms within a three-mile range of each outbreak.

The U.S. suspended pork imports from Poland last week after an outbreak of AFS in that country. PorkBusiness.Com says the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service also has concerns over Polish export protocols. APHIS discovered that a Polish export facility shipping pork to the U.S. didn’t follow the requirements designed to help prevent the spread of serious livestock diseases. The USDA also says a second facility in Poland is under review.