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More African Swine Fever cases in the EU

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Over the last week, several new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, including one on a large pig farm in Lithuania. The past week has also seen reports emerge of ASF being found in meat products from a major Russian processor. The WTO has established a panel to review the dispute between the EU and Russia over the latter’s restrictions on imports of pork, imposed following the initial ASF outbreak.

Over the last week, several new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, the three EU countries so far infected. The most significant outbreak was in a large Danish-owned farm in Lithuania. Over 60 pigs were reported to have died from the illness and the whole herd of 19,400 pigs will now be slaughtered. The new reports also include the first case in farmed pigs in Poland and nine new cases in Latvia. While all earlier cases had been close to the border with Belarus, the new Latvian cases include some in the north of the country, near the border with Estonia.

The past week has also seen reports emerge of ASF being found in meat products from a major Russian processor. These products, which are sold in over 500 cities across Russia, do not pose any risk to human health but could spread the disease through food waste. Although 70 tonnes of products from the company have reportedly been destroyed, some contaminated products were already on sale.

At a meeting last week, the WTO established a panel to review the dispute between the EU and Russia over the latter’s restrictions on imports of pork and other pig products, imposed following the initial ASF outbreak early in the year. This follows months of unsuccessful talks between the two sides. If the panel rules in the EU’s favour, it would be allowed to impose retaliatory measures. The Russian ban continues to have a significant effect on pig prices on the continent, although this has been mitigated by strong demand from Asia.