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African swine fever found in Chinese dumplings

Posted: 19 February 2019 | | No comments yet

Three different Sanquan frozen dumpling products test positive following tests in Jiuquan, Gansu province, and Xiangxi, central Hunan province – two areas that don’t share a border.

Chinese frozen food manufacturer Sanquan Food Co reportedly saw its share price drop by 2.25 percent last Monday. This follows reports that traces of African swine fever had been found in its frozen dumpling products. Chinese media reported on Friday that traces of African swine fever had been found in three different Sanquan frozen dumpling products, following tests in Liuquan, Gansu province, and Xiangxi, central Hunan province – two areas that don’t share a border.

Reported www.straitstimes.com, “Communist Party-run Beijing News said that dozens of samples of processed pork products sold in the north-western Chinese province of Gansu were found containing the virus.

“The positive samples, confirmed by local authorities, according to the report, came from 11 different companies including Sanquan, Kedi Group and Synear. Kedi Group and Synear could not be reached on Monday for comment.

“Another report last Friday by the Economic Observer said Sanquan products sold in Hunan province had also tested positive for the virus.

“The media reports show that diseased pigs are entering the food supply chain, although it was not clear if the virus was still in a viable form.

“Other Chinese food products have also been found containing the virus in recent months, prompting Beijing to issue stricter rules for slaughterhouses including a requirement to sample batches for the virus.

“Last month, frozen food firm Fujian Anjoy Foods said that some of its meatballs were suspected to contain the African swine fever virus. Sanquan, headquartered in China’s central Henan province, said it was implementing further measures to test and control against African swine fever. It added that every batch of its pork came from quality suppliers and was certified by relevant authorities.”

Though humans can’t catch African swine fever, it is highly contagious among pigs and can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals. The virus can also survive in processed for several months, and in frozen carcasses for several years. 

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