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African swine fever: Taiwan bans import of pigs and pork products from Italy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 24, 2020
Italy stopped all flights between the country and Taiwan, China as well as Hong Kong and Macau.
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"Deletion of recognition of Italy as a country free of African swine fever," a statement published by the Taiwan's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.

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Rome's flight ban did not play well in Taipei which summoned Italy's representative Davide Giglio to urge a speedy resumption of flights.

Beijing was also not happy with the ban and has lobbied to have it lifted but so far with no success.

The website of Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency reported the Taiwan government as saying: "After conducting a rolling assessment of the international outbreak of African swine fever, the bureau has concluded that the epidemic on the Italian island of Sardinia is escalating."