An outbreak of African swine fever is decimating the Chinese pork market, but industry experts say preventive measures make a similar outbreak here highly unlikely.
The disease is spread from pig to pig and poses no threat to humans, but China has culled 24,000 pigs to stem the outbreak.
Here in the United States, there’s no sign of the fever and Illinois Pork Producers Association Executive Director Jennifer Tirey said an outbreak here is highly unlikely.
“One of the reasons is actually because of the cutting-edge way our producers raise our animals indoors now,” Tirey said. “A lot of the reasons for the African swine fever outbreak is that overseas there is still a lot of backyard animal raising. That leads to animals eating different types of scraps and things that are not being monitored properly.”