As of Tuesday, June 10, all live pig imports from Canada and the U.S. to Europe will be tested for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), according to reports on the ipolitics website. The shift is a preventative measure designed to protect European farmers and livestock against a potential PEDV outbreak.
The requirement was approved by the European Union’s (EU) Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The website indicates that approximately 900 live pigs were imported into the EU in 2013.
In May, the EU temporarily banned all imports of Canadian and American pork blood for use in feed.