Belgium is in full control of food safety, traceability and meat quality. The country’s approach emphasises the importance of well-monitored meat farming to guarantee food safety throughout the entire production chain. At all times. ^>
Belgium’s extensive monitoring system enables the country to tackle unforeseen issues.
Thanks to its extensive monitoring system, it comes as no surprise that Belgium reacts well to unforeseen issues.
A national prevention plan has been set up to prevent diseases from spilling over to the domestic pig herd.
Pig farmers must call in the farm veterinarian 3 times a year to conduct a clinical examination of their pigs.
Despite an outbreak of African Swine Fever in wild boars, Belgium succeeded in keeping its domestic pigs and captive wild pigs free of ASF contamination—thus keeping all its pork virus-free and suitable for consumption and export. The country’s approach emphasises the importance of well-monitored meat farming to guarantee food safety throughout the entire production chain.
Belgium implemented a comprehensive series of measures to prevent further spread of the disease:
As a result of these strict measures, no domestic pigs were infected. Since August 2019, ongoing surveillance has detected no new cases in wild boar. Thanks to the country’s continuous efforts, the European Commission approved the reduction of the ASF-infected zone in Belgium.
Jean-François Heymans, Chief Veterinary Officer of the FASFC: “In addition to the broad, national collaboration, we believe that total transparency towards our neighbouring countries, other EU Member States and Non-EU Member States, is essential to managing ASF in Belgium, Europe and worldwide and to ensuring the necessary trust between Belgium and its commercial and other partners.”
Total transparency is essential to ensuring the necessary trust between Belgium and its commercial and other partners.
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