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The battle against African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever has moved beyond eastern Europe. The entire industry has, therefore, formed a common front to minimise the risk. This requires extra attention and more work in every aspect of pig production. Increased infection protection and a number of measures at washing depots are among the initiatives.

African Swine Fever (ASF) is an infectious disease, which can affect wild boar and domestic pigs. The virus cannot infect humans or other animals, and contact with infected animals does not present any health risk to humans.

In addition, the Danish Parliament has decided to erect a fence along the Danish/German border to minimise the risk of wild boar entering Denmark – a decision that is fully supported by the agricultural industry.

“Denmark does not have a boar population living in the wild. And that’s how it’s going to stay. The most recent outbreak from Belgium, where ASF has been discovered, shows that the infection is transmitted by failing to dispose of food that may be contaminated with ASF, and which may subsequently be eaten by wild boars. The fence means that we can reduce the risk of wild boars entering Denmark,” says Bent Nielsen, Head of Veterinary and Quality Matters, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, (Danish Agriculture & Food Council).

To counteract the spread of the disease, the Danish pig industry is taking appropriate safety measures. Much, for instance, is being done to ensure that all vehicles are clean when transporting live pigs across the German-Danish border.” Also, all pig producers are being urged to check all transport lorries’ washing certificates,” says Asger Kjær Nielsen, DANISH Quality Manager, SEGES, Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

Read more about Danish food safety initiatives