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Russia and Belarus to strengthen control over food import from EU

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 1, 2019
Russia and Belarus will strengthen control on the common border of the Eurasian Economic Union with the EU countries due to the outbreak of African swine fever in Eastern Europe, reads the message of the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision).
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Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, will provide additional control measures.

Special attention will be given to the products that are transported in hand luggage.

"The measures are taken as a result of widespread African swine fever in the member states of the European Union, in particular in Poland and the Baltic States," the Rosselkhoznadzor explained.

As Rosselkhoznadzor's Kaliningrad office noted, now cases of African swine fever were recorded in ten EU countries.

Slovakia was the last country to report the outbreak.

Also, the virus was previously recorded in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Belgium.

The Ukrainian government also reported several cases of African swine fever.

In Poland, eight new outbreaks were reported on farms, including a farm with more than 3,300 pigs.