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African swine fever found in frozen pork dumplings
Published on: 2019-02-18
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050Frozen pork dumplings made by a company in central China have been withdrawn from sale online after authorities found they contained traces of the African swine fever virus.
 

The food safety regulator in Xiangxi prefecture, Hunan province, found the contamination in three samples of dumplings made by Henan-based Sanquan Foods.

052Meanwhile, Food safety authorities in Gansu province had identified traces of the virus in several pork products made by a number of companies, although the findings were only preliminary.
 

The reports come as China continues to fight a nationwide epidemic that has devastated the nation’s pork industry and seen more than 1 million pigs culled since August.

051While African swine fever is not harmful to humans, it is lethal to pigs and spreads rapidly. Its presence in food produced for human consumption is a problem as food waste is a major vector for the disease.
 

In September, the government issued new rules banning the use of waste food in pig feed in a bid curb the spread of the virus, which has been detected in scores of farms in more than 20 provinces.

054Sanquan Foods said that it was aware of online reports about the test results but had not received any formal notification of the findings from the authorities.

055Although the dumplings had been withdrawn from sale by all major online retailers they were still widely available in brick-and-mortar stores and supermarkets across the country, including in Beijing, Xian, Shenzhen and Kunming.

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