Cambodia bans pig, pork imports
Cambodia on Thursday banned the import of live pigs
and pork products, citing fears that outbreaks of pork-borne diseases in other
countries could devastate farms in the country.
The move came as China battles a recent outbreak of blue
ear disease that led to a mass cull of pigs.
In neighbouring Vietnam, 26 people have been admitted to a
Hanoi hospital with a bacterial infection from diseased pigs, leading to two
confirmed human deaths.
Twenty others were treated this year in southern Vietnam
for the same illness.
Thursday's ban is
also aimed at cutting down on pork products smuggled into the country, mostly
pork raises "the possibility of infection among pigs in Cambodia and could block
the development of family farms," said the public directive, which was ordered
by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Most small family farms in rural Cambodia have at least one
pig, and pork is a key source of food, as well as an important commodity for
often impoverished farmers.
order does allow piglets to be imported for breeding or research purposes, as
long as they receive approval from the agriculture ministry.
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