China bans pork imports from Alberta

05-05-2009 | |

China has banned hog and pork product imports from the Canadian province of Alberta after pigs from a herd there tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, the Chinese government said.

The announcement came after Canadian health authorities said H1N1 flu virus had been found in a swine herd in Alberta. The animals had likely contracted the disease from a Canadian who had recently returned from Mexico.

The decision was made in order to “protect the security of China’s animal husbandry and the health of its people,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced on its website.

China last week banned pork imports from Mexico and the US states of Texas, Kansas and California. China, the world’s largest consumer of pork, has so far not reported any confirmed or even probable cases of H1N1.