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October 29, 2019

Chicken sales to China surge on swine fever effect

Thai poultry exports to China have surged eight-fold this year as an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the world’s biggest consumer of pork stokes a rush to source alternative meat supplies, an industry association said on Wednesday.

The disease, nearly 100% fatal to pigs and highly contagious with no vaccine though not harmful to humans, has wiped out nearly 40% of the pig herd in China since the first outbreak in August 2018. The virus has since spread across Asia, with South Korea the latest country affected.  Read more

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