Tuesday 15 November 2022
The Bailiwick of Guernsey has introduced new restrictions on the import of pork meat and pork products with immediate effect to prevent the spread of African swine fever.
As of today, it is illegal to bring pork or pork products into the Bailiwick from Europe (excluding the UK), unless it is:
- 2kg or less for human consumption in the original unopened manufacturers packaging and is clearly health marked; or
- 2kg or less of animal feed in an unopened manufacturer-sealed package.
There are no limits on pork or pork products imported commercially, provided that:
- it is imported by, or for delivery to, a registered food business in the Bailiwick;
- it is in the original unopened manufacturers packaging; and
- it is clearly health marked.
African swine fever is found in Africa and Asia but recently has started spreading rapidly through areas of Europe.
The virus does not affect humans but affects all pigs, including wild boar and is a notifiable compulsory slaughter disease with a very high mortality rate in pigs.
If you suspect the presence of African swine fever, you must report it immediately by calling the States Vet on 01481 221161 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The main signs of African swine fever in pigs are:
- loss of appetite
- lack of energy
- sudden death with few signs beforehand
Other signs in pigs can include:
- red or dark skin, particularly on the ears and snout
- discharges from the eyes and nose
- laboured breathing and coughing
- abortion in pregnant sows
- unsteady gait
David Chamberlain, States Veterinary Officer, said:
"African swine fever has no effect on humans but has had a devastating impact on pigs across the world and continues to spread in Europe. Therefore, although we appreciate that the introduction of these restrictions will be an inconvenience to some people, it's important that we do what we can to protect our local 300-plus pig population."
"We are keen to get the message out to travellers and those ordering Christmas hampers through the post, that they will not be able to import large, cured hams. Similarly, travellers with pets are advised not to return to the islands with large quantities of opened pet feed because it will need to be surrendered at the ports."