Germany says talks with China on ending its German pork ban remain difficult

Source and photo: The Pig Site, 13 September 2021, photo credit: Mexico Now

Talks with China on lifting its ban on German pork imports after the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) was found in Germany remain difficult, German junior agriculture minister Uwe Feiler said on Friday.

China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany’s first ASF case.

Reuters report that Germany is asking China to accept the “regionalisation concept” which stops pork imports only from the region of a country where swine fever has been found instead of a blanket ban on sales from the whole country.

Negotiations with China are continuing at the level of experts, Feiler told a press conference.

“These negotiations are proving difficult,” Feiler said.

Other states seeking regionalisation agreements with China had so far not been successful, he added.

“It is important that we continue,” he said. “But other countries have shown their readiness to accept the regionalisation concept and we are continuing to work towards China also accepting this.”

Germany has been successful in containing ASF in a small eastern region, Feiler added.

Some 2,070 ASF cases have been confirmed in wild boar since the disease was confirmed in Germany a year ago in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony along the Polish border. Wild boars wondering into Germany from Poland spread the disease, which is harmless to humans but fatal for pigs.

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