Ban on importing animal source foods from Hungary
Serbia banned the import of all animal source foods from Hungary, due to the occurrence of African swine fever, the ministry has announced.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Serbia has announced that the ban on the import and transit of all animal source foods from Hungary is due to the occurrence of the first case of African swine fever (Pestis Suum Africana) in wild boars in Hungary.
According to the notification of the European Union and the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the competent body for food and veterinary affairs from Hungary informed the Ministry of Agriculture of Serbia on the occurrence of this disease in Hungary.
The measure of banning the import and transit of all animal source foods from Hungary has been made in order to prevent African swine fever spreading in Serbia.
“In the forthcoming period, more legal measures will be partaken, of which the most important is the total control of the introduction of food of animal origin from Hungary,” the Ministry of Agriculture pointed out.
The mentioned measures will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture – especially border veterinary inspections and veterinary inspections, with the Customs Administration and the Border Police Directorate.
The Veterinary Inspection will intensify in the coming period to monitor the movement of food of animal origin in all places where the traffic of this type of food is usually carried out.
The Ministry of Agriculture warned consumers not to buy food of animal origin in places not under the constant control of the veterinary inspection.
Veterinary stations and veterinary institutes will, in cooperation with the veterinary inspection, carry out intensive active and passive surveillance of pig farms, while pigs owners are warned that in order to prevent the onset of disease, it is most important to prevent any contact with wild boars.