Russian veterinary watchdog restricts pigs and pig-breeding products supply from Romania

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Since August 2, the Russian veterinary and phyto-sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has introduced temporary restrictions on supply of live pigs and pig-breeding products from Romania, where an African Swine Fever (ASF) hotspot was found earlier, the regulator said on Wednesday.

Restrictions apply to all Romanian pig-breeding products, except feed additives of chemical and microbiological synthesis, ready forage after heat treatment and used equipment for keeping, slaughtering and dressing of pigs, tass.com informs.

Products covered by restrictions and delivered to Russian clearance points from August 2 onward shall be returned irrespective of dates of accompanying veterinary documents, the regulator said.

Rosselkhoznadzor also restricts transit of live pigs from the territory of Romania over the territory of Russia.

An outbreak of African swine fever was confirmed by the Romanian Institute of Diagnosis and Animal Health in a household located on the outskirts of Satu Mare (north-western Romania), and it has subsequently extended to a second household, the National Sanitary Veterinary Authority For Food Safety (ANSVSA) informs.

The outbreak was recorded at pigs in households, not in commercial farms, and the animals were killed, the seven bodies being destroyed by incineration.

“The ANSVSA, immediately upon receiving the Bulletin from the Institute of Diagnosis and Animal Health, has notified all national structures and homologous structures in the European Union as well as the World Organization for Animal Health, in order to confirm this outbreak of African swine fever on Romanian territory,” the institution’s communiqué reads.

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