EFSA’s campaign ‘Stop African swine fever’ has
been extended for the third year. The campaign will address farmers,
veterinarians, and hunters and aims to raise awareness about how to prevent the
spread of ASF.
The campaign ‘Stop African swine fever’ has been extended for the third consecutive year. It is run in partnership with local authorities in eighteen countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia.
“The spread of African swine fever continues at an alarming rate, with recent outbreaks in Italy and two sporadic outbreaks in Germany, close to the borders of France and the Netherlands respectively. African swine fever is not confined to wild boar in Eastern and Central Europe. It is a global issue that poses a significant threat to pigs, farmers and the pork industry and needs to be tackled by all of us together”, said EFSA’s Executive Director, Bernhard Url.
“Empowering stakeholders and economic actors through information is of paramount importance to stop the spread of African swine fever on the continent. Thanks to strong actions on the ground, coupled with ongoing information campaigns, the EU has managed to eradicate ASF in a number of countries in recent years, namely Czechia and Belgium. However, we must not lower our guard as new outbreaks are reported regularly”, said DG SANTE’s (Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety) Director for Crisis preparedness in food, animals and plant, Bernard Van Goethem.
The campaign will address farmers, veterinarians, and hunters and aims to raise awareness about how to prevent the spread of ASF.