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Notifiable diseases
Risk of disease spread from meat and meat products
  1. Christina Papadopoulou,1,
  2. Helen Roberts1,
  3. Neil Leach1,
  4. David Harris2,
  5. Colin Macaldowie3 and
  6. Les Eckford4
  1. 1AHVLA, Nobel House,
    17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  2. 2AHVLA, Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4HD
  3. 3Scottish Government, Spur P, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh EH11 3XD
  4. 4Welsh Government,
    Hill House, Picton Terrace, Carmarthen
    SA31 3BS
  1. e-mail: christina.papadopoulou{at}

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FOLLOWING reports of outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar and backyard pigs in Western Russia and Belarus, Defra published a preliminary outbreak assessment (Defra 2013). This highlighted the increased likelihood of pig meat and pig meat products containing ASF virus being present in the human food chain in Russia. This could pose a threat to the UK pig industry from the illegal movement of pig meat and pig meat products, originating from affected areas, including via personal imports. Defra and the AHVLA work closely with the UK Border Agency to maintain border controls for …

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