BEIJING (Reuters) – China has discovered African swine fever virus in some protein powders made from pork blood and manufactured by a Tianjin-based company.
The raw material for the 73.93 tonnes of contaminated protein products used mainly for animal feed came from twelve slaughterhouses in Tianjin.
The case comes despite the fact that in September China banned the use of leftovers and pig's blood as a raw material in the production of feed for pigs in order to stop the spread of the disease.
China has already reported more than 90 cases of African swine fever, which is fatal to pigs but does not harm humans, as it was first discovered in the country in early August.
The protein products were manufactured by a subsidiary of Tianjin Baodi Agri & Tech Co Ltd, which ranges from pig breeding to the production of cooked meat to biochemical production.
The Customs Administration also issued a six-month alert to increase the investigation of the African swine fever virus in the export of such products, and warned the farms in Hong Kong and Macau to control the import of feed.
coverage by Muyu Xu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Hugh Lawson