The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations agency spearheading an global effort to control the deadly virus, plans to release recommendations for governments after a crisis meeting in Bangkok this week.
"With the way the disease spreads, we are particularly concerned about the risk of African swine fever arriving in this country through infected meat from numerous regions which now export pig meat products to New Zealand". More nations may follow, the FAO said. It is not harmful to humans.
Tens of thousands of hogs have been culled to control outbreaks in China, which accounts for more than half the planet's pigs.
The FAO is hosting government and pork industry officials from across the Asia-Pacific at a three-day meeting that concludes on Friday.
According to Sim, since the outbreak of ASF was detected, seven foci have identified involving five provinces in China namely Liaoning, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had expressed concerns the disease may threaten the Korean peninsula and countries in Southeast Asia if China did not stop the outbreak fast.
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ASF was first detected in China in early August and in just over a month has been detected in 18 farms or abattoirs in six provinces, said the FAO.
The situation should serve as an opportunity to warn travelers not to bring pig meat products from outside the European Union into any EU member-state, they said. "And once it spreads to Asian countries, we could have big social chaos and instability", said Young S Lyoo, from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Konkuk University in South Korea.
Ms Croad said China was very serious about food security, so if there is any perceived risk from eating pork, despite that not being correct, it could have a major impact on consumers habits.
Now in an attempt to contain the already-spreading outbreak within China, the FAO called worldwide specialists, particularly those from China and its neighboring countries - Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam - to the emergency meeting.