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Food Authority removes pork food products from stores

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/05/2020

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture have recalled pork food products that were imported from Asia as African Swine Fever continues to spread in Asia which has affected the population of pigs.

The CEO of the Ministry responsible for foods – Dr. Viliami Manu says, the concern is because there is an ongoing outbreak in China which is now in Papua New Guinea.

The Ministry has started collecting all food products made from pork including ham, bacon, sausages and noodles with pork flavour.

Dr. Viliami Manu adds that African swine fever is a highly contagious virus which is fatal to pigs. It is transmitted directly between animals or through infected meat or animal feed.

However, African Swine Fever is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans.

Meanwhile, pork food products imported from the US, NZ, Australia and Fiji are the only products allowed to be sold in Tonga as these countries have had no cases of the fever.

However, all pork food products imported from Asia between January to February have been collected by the Ministry and urges shops to avoid selling these products to the public.

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