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Ministry Intensifies Fight Against ASF in Belarus

11 January 2012, at 9:38am

BELARUS - Because of the rapid deterioration of the epizootic situation of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuffs of Belarus calls on regional authorities to take additional measures to prevent spreading of this disease on its territory.

The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the heads of local authorities to give priority consideration to ensuring the strict implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention of introduction and spread of ASF in the Republic of Belarus from 2011 - 2015.

The Ministry has called for a strict and organised collection and utilization of biological and food waste in processing plants, canteens, restaurants and other food service organisations, including roadside services.

The Ministry stated that transportation and sale of pigs, procured from the public, should carried out in accordance with the requirements of the animal health rules for cleaning and disinfection of technological equipment and production facilities for organisations engaged in slaughtering livestock and meat processing.

The Ministry also stated that swine transportation is only possible by car, owned meat-processing enterprises, followed by binding its disinfection prior to each loading.