Evira recommends: Don’t bring wild boar meat into Finland


<p>The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira recommends that no wild boar meat or food products made from it should be brought into Finland from the Baltic countries or Poland. The aim is to prevent the spread of African swine fever into Finland.&nbsp;</p>

African swine fever has spread into Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a serious, highly contagious animal virus disease. The disease does not infect humans, but it could endanger Finnish pork production.

Virus survives very well in meat products

The African swine fever virus is very resistant to various methods of meat product manufacture and capable of spreading e.g. in long-life sausages, as well as smoked or air-dried meat products.

Bringing a gift of wild boar meat from the neighbouring areas can pose a risk. Therefore, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira recommends that travellers do not bring in wild boar meat or foodstuffs made from it from the Baltic countries or Poland, where the disease is present.

Bringing any meat products as gifts or for own use from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine is prohibited.

Cause for avoiding hunting trips

Trips to hunt wild boar in the infected areas should be avoided. Evira also recommends that hunting trophies, such as animal tusks and skins should be treated in the source country until they can be kept at room temperature, and then sent to Finland.

Hunters who have already made hunting trips should clean and disinfect all their equipment thoroughly. Finnish hunting clubs should provide hunters visiting Finland with Finnish clothing and equipment.

Read on:
African swine fever (ASF)

Further information:
Britta Wiander, Senior Inspector, Import, Export and Organic Control Unit, tel. +358 50 523 4117 (imports of food)
Anna-Stiina Antola, Border Inspection Veterinarian, Import, Export and Organic Control Unit, tel. +358 50 528 9879 (veterinary border inspection)
Miia Kauremaa, Senior Inspector, Animal Health and Welfare Unit, tel. +358 400 318 510 (hunting trips)


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