African Swine Fever: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that pork imports do not reach the UK from countries affected by African swine fever.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

EU safeguard measures restrict the commercial trade of pork and pork products from regions of the EU that are affected by African swine fever (ASF) so these cannot be traded with the UK. All countries outside of the EU who are currently approved to trade in pork and pork products with the UK are free of ASF.

To prevent the entry of potentially infected products, Defra and the Devolved Administrations have also been delivering targeted communications. A specific communications campaign about ASF was launched this summer which includes a new poster campaign introduced in UK airports and ports, to raise awareness of the disease and the risks of bringing back potentially contaminated products. Defra are also working closely with Border Force officials to crack down on illegally imported meat entering the UK from high risk countries. UK Border officials detect illegally imported meat and enforce controls at the border by targeting and searching freight, passengers and luggage and will seize and destroy illegally imported meat products.

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