[6 September/Radio NZ]

New Zealand Pork has called for better border protection against the spread of African swine fever. It is a disease that was moving through China and Eastern Europe. China media has reported that since early August, thousands of pigs had died or been culled after several cases of the disease were found. It has also been expanding through Eastern Europe since 2014. The disease is not harmful to humans, but is fatal to pigs. New Zealand Pork Chair, Eric Roy, said the government needed to step up surveillance and consider tighter controls. He added with the way the disease spread, they were particularly concerned about the risk of it arriving in the country through infected meat. It would have a potentially devastating effect on the local industry. AgriHQ Analyst, Mel Croad, noted the outbreak in China increased the likelihood of a major disruption to world protein markets.