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September 4th, 2019 / South China Morning Post

China’s agriculture ministry is warning farmers against using illegal experimental vaccines in the country’s ongoing battle with African swine fever.

In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said it had ordered local governments to step up checks and crack down on illegal vaccines.

The move was in response to “market talk” about pilot vaccines, as well as home-made or smuggled products, which had been getting a lot of attention from pig producers, the ministry said.

African swine fever has devastated China’s hog herd, and sent pork prices soaring. The incurable disease kills almost all pigs infected but no country has yet been able to develop and approve an effective vaccine against it. Read more …