China Ends Ban of Live U.S. Pig Imports
China ended a four month ban on the imports of live U.S. pigs as the U.S. Department of Agriculture released protocols in testing animals for the deadly swine diseases. China is the number 1 pork consumer and along with Japan became the first two countries to advise the United States that they will be suspending all live imports of swine due to the concern of the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus a disease that have killed up to 8 million U.S. piglets since it was discovered. Japan resumed pork imports in July 11.
The protocols for testing for the swine virus cams as the USDA fought to calm down the fears on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus among importers as it was considered as the fastest spreading disease that hurt the swine trade.
Starting Friday, China is requiring that all pig imports from the United States should test negative of the virus among other swine viruses the Porcine Delta Coronavirus. Japan has also requires a negative test along with certificate statements that say that the pigs came from farms that are free of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.