China and Japan ban pork imports from Germany

Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Pork, 14 September 2020, photo credit: The Drinks Business

China banned pork imports from Germany on Saturday after the country confirmed its first case of African swine fever (ASF). China’s ban on imports from its third largest supplier comes as the world’s top meat buyer faces a pork shortage of its own caused by a massive decline in hog numbers due to this deadly virus of pigs.

Germany has supplied about 14% of China’s pork imports so far this year, Reuters reports. This ban will not only push up demand for meat from other major suppliers like the U.S. and Spain, but it will also boost global prices.

German pork exports to China are worth $1.2 billion annually. A spokeswoman for the German Food and Agriculture Ministry confirmed the ban, adding that the ministry remained in talks with the Chinese government on the matter, Reuters reports.
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