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Bulgarian Pork export ban lifted by EC

The European Commission Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has lifted the ban on Bulgaria's pork exports to EU member states and to third countries.

The decision allows enterprises, approved to trade with EU countries to export Bulgarian pork meat to those countries and to countries outside the EU. This doesn't include meat and pork products raised in back yards for family use.

The decision over-rules the limitations imposed on November 24, 2006 when the EC banned trade with life pork and pork products that have not been subjected to heat treatment that guarantees the extermination of the classic pig plague virus.

EC experts concluded from their research in Bulgaria, that the National Veterinary Service had shown significant improvement in controlling the pig plague including the monitoring of wild boars.

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