Genetic material of the African swine fever (ASF) virus was detected in cooked sausage produced by the Orshansk meat cannery located in Orsha of the Vitebsk Oblast in Belarus. Sausage samples were taken at the wholesale facilities “Trading House Belproduct” in Bryansk. Results of the analysis carried out by the Pochepskaya regional veterinary laboratory were confirmed by the All-Russia Research Institute for Veterinary Virology and Microbiology of the Russian Academy of Agriculture Sciences.
As a result of this discovery, Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance, imposed temporary restrictions on products imported to Russia from the Orshansk meat cannery and ordered its territorial administrations to check products previously imported from the plant and take all the required measures to prevent the agent introduction to Russia with the products produced by other Belarusian plants.
Chief Veterinary Officer of the Republic of Belarus Yury Pivovarchik was informed about ASF genome detected in the sausage produced by Orshansk meat cannery and on temporary restrictions on imports from this plant.
Rosselkhoznadzor has requested Belarusian veterinary services to launch an internal investigation into the case to determine ways how ASF genetic materials got into the products of the Orshansky meat cannery and to take measures to exclude import of products non-complying with the Russian and Customs Union veterinary and sanitary requirements to Russia. In addition, Rosselkhoznadzor requested results of the state monitoring for dangerous and banned substances in the products of the Orshansky meat cannery for a two-year period from the Belarusian veterinary services.
Rosselkhoznadzor has made a decision to enhance monitoring of pork and pork products imported to Russia from Belarus. In case new consignments contaminated with ASF materials are detected, additional protective measures can be taken.