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China to close down small slaughterhouses to control African swine fever

Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 6, 2019
China's agriculture ministry announced that it will reduce the number of small-scale slaughterhouses to better prevent and control African swine fever.
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Asia   There are too many small slaughterhouses in some places in China
There are too many small slaughterhouses in some places in China, equipped with old facilities and backward production techniques, and checks on the pork quality are not done properly, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website.

Topics: China African swine fever

The ministry will start reviewing slaughterhouses in some regions from mid-November and shut down those that do not meet the requirements, the ministry said.

China's top pig producers only recently posted their highest ever profits in the three months to September, as soaring hog prices more than compensated for losses resulting from African swine fever, reports Reuters.

The huge profits underline how the fatal pig disease, which has killed millions of hogs across Asia and left many small farmers bankrupt, has proved a major opportunity for the leading producers in the world's largest but highly fragmented hog sector.