BMPA Warns of UK’s High Vulnerability to African Swine Fever
After more cases were discovered in Germany, animal industry officials are growing concerned as the African Swine Fever continues to spread across Europe.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that a lack of border checks has exposed the UK to the disease.
According to a recent UK government study, African Swine Fever is rapidly spreading across continental Europe.
The suspension of all border checks on food until further notice leaves the country open to the African Swine Fever. The BMPA made it clear that the consequences would be catastrophic for both the UK pig industry and the economy as a whole.
Exports of UK pork would be immediately prohibited if African Swine Fever were to arrive in the country, and meat exports would plummet and lose millions of pounds.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has urged the UK government to take action to avoid a potentially devastating pork epidemic.
Making travellers more aware of the dangers of importing banned food items and encouraging them to responsibly dispose of those items before entering the country are two options, as well as biosecurity checks.
The BMPA went on to say that, while the suggested precautions can’t guarantee protection against African Swine Fever, they would slightly improve the situation.
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