The European Commission has eased restrictions on African swine fever (ASF) in the production and trade of pigs and pork in / from most of Bulgaria, with a few exceptions in several municipalities in four regions: Blagoevgrad and Pazar Plovdiv to the south, and Varna to the north coast.
The amendment entered into force on 19 March following a revision to Annex I to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/605 of 7 April 2021 laying down specific control measures for the CIS.
The relaxation allows those who raise pigs in their respective areas to follow less stringent rules regarding trade in pork and pork products from local farms and destined for sale on the EU market.
The Bulgarian Food Safety Authority (BFSA) commented today that the restrictions have been eased thanks to effective control of CFS in domestic pigs in Bulgaria.
The country strictly adheres to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/605, which lays down rules for the marketing of live pigs, pork and pork products from countries that have diagnosed and reported cases of CFS in domestic pigs or wild boars, the BFSA said.
He noted that pork from areas affected by the CSF is completely safe for human consumption.