Russian meat producer denies swine fever

moscow / reuters / Russia’s Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) reported suspected outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) at units of Cherkizovo March 22, but the meat producer said independent tests had come back clean.

The genetic material of the ASF pathogen was identified in samples from pigs supplied this month to a meat-processing plant in the Penza region, the VPSS said.

A Cherkizovo representative, however, said tests at independent laboratories found no ASF.

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