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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is providing flexibility for when states may begin conducting routine inspections of small farms, other than sprouts operations, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, world food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.
Noblegen, a nutritional ingredient company, has achieved self-affirmed GRAS status for its protein-rich flour sourced from dried whole cell Euglena gracilis.