Germany’s pig producers have urged China not to ban imports after African swine fever was found in a wild boar in Brandenburg.
South Korea, the second most important destination outside the EU for German meat products, banned German imports on Thursday, as soon as the infection was reported.
Joachim Rukwied, the president of the DBV farming association, said: “I hope that they (the Chinese) will take a similar course of action as in the European Union, with a regionalised answer in which only meat from the affected region cannot be exported elsewhere in the EU.”
German producers sold 1 billion euros worth of pig meat to China last year.
German pig producers were in the news recently following several clusters of coronavirus being identified in abattoirs.
FILE PHOTO: Pigs are pictured at an ecological pig farm in Germering west of Munich, southern Germany, January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle