‘Like Ebola’ in its devastation: What started with a few dozen dead pigs in northeastern China is sending shock waves through the global food chain. Last August, a Chinese farm was found to harbor African swine fever, the first ever occurrence of the contagious viral disease in the country with half the world’s pigs. Nine months later, the contagion has spread nationwide, crossed borders to Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and bolstered meat markets globally.
Virus found in protein powder used in animal feed: The African swine fever (ASF) virus has been detected in some protein powders made using pork blood and manufactured by a Tianjin-based company, the Chinese General Administration of Customs said Tuesday. The raw material for the contaminated protein products, mainly used for animal feed, came from 12 slaughterhouses in Tianjin, Reuters reported.