BEIJING (Reuters) – China has banned imports of pigs, wild boars and products from Belgium after an outbreak of African swine fever, as well as imports from Japan after a regular swine fever outbreak, the General Administration of Customs said on Tuesday.

 China bans pig imports from Japan, Belgium over African swine fever

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen standing in a pen at a farm near Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

The ban followed two African swine fever outbreaks confirmed in Belgium in September, and a case of regular swine fever in Japan in the same month, China’s customs said in a statement posted on its official WeChat account.

China also ordered the return or destruction of products shipped from the two countries, customs said.

On Monday, China banned imports of pigs, wild boars and products from Bulgaria following an outbreak of African swine fever in the European country.

(This version of the story corrects to show Japan had case of regular swine fever, not African swine fever.)

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Beijing Monitoring Desk; editing by Richard Pullin

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