Lithuania blocks imports of some kinds of livestock, feed product from Belarus, citing detection of African swine fever, government official says

VILNIUS, Lithuania , June 26, 2013 () – Lithuania has blocked the import of some kinds of livestock and feed product from Belarus due because African swine fever (ASF) has been detected there, the head of Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service, Jonas Milius, has told the Baltic News Service.

ASF was found at in the Grodno region of Belarus. The region has been closed for the sale of pork and pork products.

Non-state Belarusian media are reporting that in a number of other regions, particularly the Stolbsy district in Minsk Region, households are slaughtering their hogs and disinfecting pig-sheds.

Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) banned the import of pork from Grodno Region on June 21. The Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry department for veterinary and food oversight has confirmed the outbreak of ASF in the Ivye district of the Grodno region.

Ukraine imposed a ban on hogs, pork, and pork products from Belarus on June 22.

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