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Monday, May 15, 2017

Pigs from the quarantine zone in African Swine Fever affected areas can be slaughtered.

In Ukraine,pigs from the quarantine zone in Africa Swine Fever areas are now okay for slaughter and used for processing and further production of sausages. This is contrary to the old rule where all pigs must be burnt, the update law was stated was announced in updated veterinary instructions aimed to combat the virus released by Ukraine’s State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service (Gosvetphitosluzba), late April. Boris Kobal, the head of the food safety department of Gosvetphitosluzba said that the old version of the instruction was no longer meeting the needs of the time and required updating, according to the service’s website. This updated instruction introduces new definitions of biological safety as it distinguishes between farms with high levels of biological safety versus infected facilities, and also specifies closed pig farm operations. The instruction facilitates veterinary control during African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks, as it, not only allows healthy pigs to be sent for slaughter, but it also reduces the required limits of quarantine zones. This is because surveillance zones are also being installed, where enhanced veterinary control is applied, but not as strict as in quarantine zones. continue