08-04-2014 02:42 AM | China

China imposes import ban on live US hogs

China, the world's largest pork consumer, has imposed a temporary restriction on hog imports from the US to prevent a deadly virus from spreading, which makes it worse for US swine exporters who are already at a price disadvantage, Reuters reported over the weekend.

No more import permits will be issued until the two countries reach an agreement on a protocol for testing animals for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus or PEDv, Reuters reported Friday, citing Tony Clayton, president of the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA.

China's Ministry of Agriculture was not available for comment Monday because it was the last day of the Tomb-Sweeping holidays.
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