slaps 'temporary restrictions' on U.S. pork imports: report
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[April 05, 2014]
(Reuters) — China, the world's No. 1 pork consumer, has slapped
"temporary restrictions" on imports of U.S. pigs to prevent a deadly
virus from spreading to its herd, according to a report by Bloomberg
citing the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA.
The news will probably raise concerns among U.S.
farmers who are battling the lethal disease, which has crimped hog
supplies and sent prices to record highs.
China will not issue more import permits for U.S. pigs until the two
countries agree on testing protocol for the Porcine Epidemic
Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, Bloomberg reported, citing Tony Clayton,
president of the group.
China can resume importing "fairly quickly" as long as "the U.S.
agrees to some kind of testing protocol," he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing did not respond to questions,
The Livestock Exporters Association of the USA was not immediately
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So far, the U.S. government has counted more than 4,700 cases in
27 states of PEDv.
(Reporting by Josephine Mason; editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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