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Monday, August 20, 2007

Blue ear disease spreading in pigs in China

China has been hit by a highly infectious swine virus, which is bringing increases in pork prices and fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs. So far the virus, believed to be an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease, has spread to 25 of this country's 33 provinces and regions. A similar virus has already been detected in neighboring Vietnam and Myanmar, and health experts are now trying to determine whether it crossed Chinese borders. The government recently issued alarming reports that farmers were selling diseased or infected pigs to illegal slaughterhouses, which could pose food safety problems. More here.

Follow Up (08.24):Smithfield Foods Inc. (SFD.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Friday announced a deal to sell 60 million pounds of pork to a Chinese trading company and said there could be more sales. More here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 9:26 AM

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