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China bans Polish pork amid African swine fever scare

Published on Feb 28, 2014 1:52 AM

WARSAW (AFP) - China has banned pork imports from Poland, a leading EU exporter of the meat, after Warsaw confirmed its first two cases of African swine fever among wild boars.

China is home to half of the globe's pigs, and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned of "vast losses" should the swine fever take hold there.

The Chinese measure comes after Russia slapped its own ban on pork imports from the 28-member European Union after the disease appeared in Lithuania, a move Brussels criticised as "disproportionate".

"China has informed the European Commission of a ban on Polish pork imports," Poland's agriculture ministry spokeswoman Malgorzata Ksiazyk told AFP on Thursday, without specifying when the ban took effect.

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