By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

On December 21, 2020, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) issued the self-declaration submitted by Belgium on October 27 for regaining the disease-free status “African swine fever” (ASF) for all suidae (pigs and wild boars, both in the wild and in captivity) ) approved. It will soon be officially published on the OIE website.

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After the European Commission lifted the restricted zones, Belgium has now also regained free status at the international level. This confirms that the disease has been officially eradicated on Belgian territory. This will facilitate global trade in our meat and other pig products.

On October 27, one year after traces of viral circulation in wild boars were last detected in a forest in the south of the province of Luxembourg, Belgium submitted a request to the OIE for disease-free status for all suidae (pigs and wild boars, both in the wild and in captivity). At European level, disease-free status and the lifting of all restricted areas “ASF” was requested from the European Commission on the same day and approved on November 20.

It is the restoration of this international free status by the OIE that will make it possible to initiate negotiations with third countries on the lifting of the current embargoes on Belgian pork.

Nevertheless, it remains important to be vigilant. African swine fever is still circulating in Eastern Europe and the virus spread further to the border area in Germany with Poland in September. Our country, like all European countries, is closely monitoring the situation in order to prevent a second introduction of the virus.

Although the disease has now been eradicated, the Walloon Region in the south of the province of Luxembourg still maintains strict monitoring and control measures. In the future, they will be gradually phased out, according to an already established strategy.

David Clarinval, Federal Minister of Agriculture : ” I am pleased with this approval from the OIE. It will enable Belgium to restart negotiations with third countries that have imposed an embargo on Belgian pork. Our quality meat is in fact, very popular abroad, particularly in Asia. We will also remain vigilant to protect our Belgian pig population against a re-introduction of the disease. ”