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China Implacable Over ASF in Germany


Despite ongoing negotiations, China has refused to accept the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) principle of regionalization.  At issue is the presence of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boar that migrated westward from Poland and are now confined to limited designated regions in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony.  Three small farms were infected but were depleted in accordance with OIE recommendations concerning quarantine and surveillance. 


The continued embargo by China is scientifically unjustified given that the infection is contained in Germany and also ASF is endemic and ongoing in China. Deputy Agriculture Minister in the German Federal Government, Uwe Feiler stated, "negotiations with China are continuing, but are proving difficult".


The issue with ASF in a restricted area in Germany demonstrates the selective approach by China to international agreements and conventions. The Nation makes decisions on trade issues including disease based on self-interest, conformity to government policy and support of domestic production. This has implications for exports of U.S. poultry, eggs and products to China.