China warns pork industry to be transparent with ASF outbreaks

January 11, 2019

China has warned the country’s pork industry that covering up cases of African swine fever is a crime after a dead pig was found on a Taiwanese beach. This incident has prompted the Taiwanese government to claim that Beijing was not sharing accurate information on the disease. China’s animal husbandry and veterinary affairs bureau is stepping up investigation and punishment of illegal activity in the pig industry, as published in a statement on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs website. As an incentive to report the outbreaks, farmers are also being given USD 175 for each pig culled.