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Pork Supply Is Choppy in China as Swine Fever Spreads

Sep 04 , 2018

Pork prices are rising in China as Beijing struggles to contain the spread of African swine fever, while a trade battle with the U.S. will make it harder to replace domestic supply with imports.

Since Thursday, three outbreaks of African swine fever have been identified in Anhui province west of Shanghai—where around 15 million pigs live—bringing the total to seven.

The first outbreak was discovered in Liaoning province near the North Korean border at the beginning of August. In the most recent outbreak, 83 pigs have died from the disease, but more are being culled. In an effort to prevent the disease from spreading farther, Beijing has tightened rules on moving live pigs.

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