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Ukraine restricts pork export due to ASF

The State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine stopped issuing veterinary certificates for the export of pork products from the territory of Luhansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions due to the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), according to the local media Interfax-Ukraine.

As far as is known the country has limited supplies to the countries Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. However, it is assumed that export of pork products from these regions will be totally prohibited.

"After an outbreak of ASF in the Lugansk region, it was decided to stop issuing veterinary certificates for exports of pork products from the territory of Luhansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions" - said the statement on the website of the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

In addition State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine provided Russian side with documents to asses the epizootic situation in Ukraine and conduct regionalisation. According to Ukrainian veterinary specialists these measures will ensure that the export of the safe pork products from the regions not affected by ASF will not be affected.

As previously reported, the ASF virus has been detected in the Luhansk region on February 5 and it's caused serious concerns of Rosselhoznadzor about the safety of Ukraine pork products.

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