According to Reuters, African swine fever will spread further across Asia where it has devastated herds, and no country is immune from being hit by the deadly animal virus, the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on October 30.
The disease, which has hit the world’s top pork producer China hard, originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia. It has been found in 50 countries, killing hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets. The disease has spread rapidly to several countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, and the Philippines and more countries are likely to be hit in the coming months.
The spread of African swine fever has not only ravaged the Asian pig population, but also sent international pork prices rocketing and hit animal feed markets such as corn and soybeans. Beijing issued a series of policies in September aimed at supporting national hog production and securing meat supplies.
African swine fever has been found on farms in eastern Europe, but its spread had been mostly contained, due mainly to tight security measures implemented in some countries.
The FDA, along with the CDC and state and local partners, continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco grocery store brand “garden salads” containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) has announced a $90 million investment in research projects seeking to improve the sustainability of the U.S. food supply.
Cargill has announced a partnership with a local manufacturer in western India to launch its first chocolate manufacturing operation in Asia.
Eighty-five million U.S. consumers managing food allergies spend more than $19 billion annually on specialty food products to avoid allergic reactions or other health consequences—paying 5% more per month than the average consumer—according to new research released from FARE.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced improvements to the functionality and appearance of two types of export certificates issued for human food products exported from the United States.
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