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EU to test live pigs from North America for virus

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European Union member states decided that live pig imports from United States and Canada must be tested for a virus that has killed millions of piglets.

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The measures complement import requirements on pig blood products that may be used for feeding piglets, which the European Union agreed last month. The European Commission said the temporary testing was to protect the EU pig industry from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, which has swept the United States and helped to push pork prices to record highs.

The United States and Canada exported some 900 pigs for breeding purposes to the European Union in 2013, the Commission said. The European Union does not need to import pigs for food because it produces 22 million tons of pig meat annually, more than enough for EU needs.

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