Japan culls 546 hogs after detecting first swine fever in 26 years
An official with the Gifu prefecture government said that more than 65 hogs had died since Sept. 3, and the cull was carried out in an attempt to contain the outbreak. Checks had been undertaken at other farms in the prefecture and no other cases had been found, he said.
The origin and cause of the infection in Gifu were under investigation, he said.
Japan suspended exports of pork and wild boar meat after the outbreak was identified. Japan is the world's 10th largest pork producer, and exports about 12 billion yen ($108 million) worth of pork products annually.
"We don't know when we resume exports of pork, but we are discussing with the countries we export pork products to about conditions to restart," the ministry official said.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday that around 40,000 hogs had been culled so far in China, home to the world's largest pig herd, and warned of the likelihood that the disease would spread to other Asian countries.
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