African swine fever in Lithuania causing import restrictions
Pork and porcine products may also pose a considerable risk in spreading the disease into Finland. Feeding food waste to animals is forbidden throughout the EU. Visitors to farms and participants in hunts must take care of appropriate disinfection afterwards.
The African swine fever is an extremely serious and spreads easily in pigs. Humans cannot contract the virus. ASF can have a high mortality rate in pigs. As it spreads easily, it can quickly cause major damage to the pig industry, food production and food exports.
The disease has spread in Russia and Belarus among the farm pig and wild boar population. Major steps have been taken within the EU to try to contain the disease. The disease has never been found in Finland.
Evira still requests hunters to report wild boars that have been found dead or appear ill and to send samples to be tested for African swine fever.
Import regulations for pigs within the EU (Evira, in Finnish)
For further information, please contact:
Tiia Tuupanen, Senior Inspector, tel. +358 40 489 3348