Pig keepers: African Swine Fever risk warning

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As African Swine Fever (ASF) spreads across Eastern and Central Europe, APHA are urging pig keepers not to feed kitchen waste to pigs. 

There has never been a case of African swine fever in the UK and it does not affect humans, but it is potentially fatal to pigs. If the disease were to reach the UK it could have a devastating effect on our export market and would also mean the humane culling of pigs on infected premises to prevent further spread.

Chief Executive of the National Pig Association, Dr Zoe Davies, said:

"The health of our pigs is fundamentally important to our sector. A notifiable disease outbreak would not only needlessly result in the loss of many pigs and annihilate our burgeoning export market, but would significantly impact on countless families, their staff, local businesses and tourism for months. Feeding illegal food waste, however harmless it might seem at the time, is just not worth the risk."

Keepers are being reminded that it is illegal to feed catering waste of any description or domestic food waste to farm animals in the UK, including pigs kept as pets, as some of the outbreaks of African swine fever in Europe have been attributed to wild boar or domestic pigs consuming contaminated pork or pork products.

  • Learn more about ASF and how to spot it here
  • Read more from APHA here
  • View the National Pig Association website now


Last edited on: 19:12:2017

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