Indonesian pork banned in Taiwan after African swine fever outbreak
There has been a crisis of sorts in some parts of the world related to the pork meat. This is because there has been a massive African swine fever outbreak which was first reported by China in August last year. Since then, the swine fever has spread to most parts of Indonesia, China and other African countries. Also, this swine fever has caused the Chinese economy to go down since they rely on pork heavily which is in shortage right now. Now, it is revealed that Taiwan has also banned the pork meat coming from Indonesia as the African swine fever has been diagnosed there.
It should be noted that the people in Taiwan, as well as China, rely mostly on pork meat for their daily needs so the shortage of pork in the countries could be huge. Since it will cause an imbalance and shortage of other items. Also, the fact that pork meat is mostly used in these countries means that people don’t use other vegetables too much so their production is generally low. However, this swine fever will cause people to buy other vegetables and types of meats which will cause a shortage of that as well.
According to the Taiwan Council of Agriculture department’s announcement, a hefty penalty will be levied on tourists who bring pork products from Indonesia. This announcement was after Indonesia reported the first case of Swine fever in the country. UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has also since listed Indonesia as one of the 11 countries affected by this outbreak of African swine fever. Apart from Indonesia, UN’s FAO recognizes Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, South Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, and East Timor as countries officially affected by this. Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture also said that people who fail to pay the fine will be refused entry into Taiwan.