China bans German pork imports over African swine fever case

China bans German pork imports over African swine fever case

China banned pork imports from Germany after the latter confirmed its first case of African swine fever.

A German Food and Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman confirmed the ban and said that the ministry remained in talks with the Chinese government on the matter.

German farmers’ association DBV asked the government to continue talks with China about using a regional ban.

“Germany’s huge pork sales to China involve huge volumes of pigs’ ears, feet and tails. These are hardly eaten in Europe and the ban has created intense concern among German farmers about where this can now be sold,” said DBV president Joachim Rukwied.

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