China vows to tackle dead pig scam amid swine fever epidemic

first_img World 18 Jun 2019 Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak – officials Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 China’s egg prices surge as swine fever boosts demand for chickens BEIJING (Reuters) – Criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The gangs are taking advantage of a highly contagious disease that has spread across much of the country and disrupted the world’s biggest pork market. The scam involves dumping dead pigs on farms and then spreading rumours that the farms are infected with African swine fever, which is often fatal for pigs but harmless for humans.The gangs then pressure farmers to sell their hogs at lower prices, violating farmers’ rights and affecting normal pig production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. AdChoices广告The ministry did not give more details but it urged anyone who witnessed such activities to alert the authorities. “All localities should be vigilant and actively guard against it,” it said.Up to half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, twice as many as officially acknowledged, Reuters reported last month. (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Darren Schuettler) Related News World 25 Jun 2019 African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img