suspends Polish pork imports over swine fever: report
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[February 28, 2014]
— China has suspended
imports of pork from Poland citing concerns over African swine fever
(ASF) among wild boars, Poland's embassy to China was quoted as
saying on Thursday by Polish news agency IAR.
The disease has not been found on Polish farms, the
agriculture ministry has said, but pork prices have fallen in Poland
because of consumer concerns that it could spread from wild boars to
The ministry did not confirm that China had suspended Polish pork
"The agriculture ministry chief has already held talks with the
ambassadors of China and Japan during which he discussed all actions
taken by Poland regarding ASF," a ministry spokeswoman said in a
statement sent to Reuters.
It did not explain why it was having discussions with officials from
Japan as well as China.
In 2013 China bought Polish meat worth $141 million, of which 80
percent was pork, IAR said. According to the agriculture ministry,
China is the biggest importer of pork from Poland.
(Reporting by Marcin Goclowski; Editing
by Christian Lowe and Greg Mahlich)
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