African swine fever: Taiwan bans import of pigs and pork products from Italy
Topics: AFRICAN SWINE FEVER TAIWAN BAN IMPORT PIG PORK PRODUCTS FROM ITALY
"Deletion of recognition of Italy as a country free of African swine fever," a statement published by the Taiwan's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.
Rome's flight ban did not play well in Taipei which summoned Italy's representative Davide Giglio to urge a speedy resumption of flights.
Beijing was also not happy with the ban and has lobbied to have it lifted but so far with no success.
The website of Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency reported the Taiwan government as saying: "After conducting a rolling assessment of the international outbreak of African swine fever, the bureau has concluded that the epidemic on the Italian island of Sardinia is escalating." ■