EU officials approve new rules for treatment of imported pigs blood to help fight against deadly pig virus that's killed nearly 7 million pigs in US

BRUSSELS , May 7, 2014 () – EU Officials have given their nod to new rules for the treatment of imported pigs blood in order to fight against a deadly pig virus that majorly impacted that U.S. pig industry.

The officials decided not to change the rules related to importing live pigs. It was informed by the European Commission in a statement that rules on live animals are already very strict and the U.S. and Canadian authorities have already confirmed that no live pigs are currently scheduled to be sent to the European Union.

Paris was considering to introduce a unilateral ban on the import of pigs from the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Japan. It was stressed that the coronavirus should not enter the European and French farms or there will be major consequences. The porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) killed nearly 7 million pigs in the U.S.

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