With the outbreak of ASF (African Swine Fever) in several countries, the Malaysian government, through its Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry, has enlisted the help of airlines to issue notices on the prohibition of pork and pork-related products entering into the country. Speaking on this matter, its deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin said that this was to protect the swine industry from being infected as tourists could bring in the pork products from an infected country.
“The airlines are giving warnings because we sought their help to do so. We requested them to help disseminate the information so that they don’t bring in as it would get confiscated.”Source: Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin, The Star
Tourists are also advised to not bring in pork-related products into the country as it can be confiscated at the border.
“The intention is not to punish anyone. We just want to protect our borders from biosecurity issues because there are outbreaks in many parts of the world. This can pose serious threats to the industry. We have undergone Nipah virus outbreaks. ASF is very serious because the mortality is 100%,”Source: Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin, The Star
Last month, it was reported in Thailand that local pig farms in Krabi are being checked for ASF after sausages were seized from a Chinese tourist who flew from Chengdu. it was confirmed by Phuket Livestock Office Acting Chief Manat Thepparat that the contaminated sausages had been destroyed by officers at the Animal Quarantine Station at the airport.
“Now, provincial livestock officials have started to check pig farms in the area, including as far away as Krabi,” he said.
“We will inspect all cold-storage units at farms and meat distribution centres on the island in February,” he added.
“I do not think that the virus has spread here, at thisSource: The Phuket News
stageit has only been confirmed found at the airport, but I do worry about farmers who have pig farms. If the virus is found, all the pigs must be destroyed,” Mr Manat explained.
African swine fever (ASF) has been seen in Chinese pigs since early August last year, and several other countries are being monitored – South Africa, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Zambia.