N. Korea sells pigs infected with African swine fever to sausage factories

Alberto Henderson, June 5, 2019, 9:42 a.m.


North Korean state farms are selling pigs infected with African swine fever virus cheaply to sausage factories, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday quoting sources.

Ham and sausage prices plunged from 6,000 North Korean won to less than 4,000 won in local markets because state farms are selling infected pigs at giveaway prices to sausage makers that export them for hard currency, a source in South Pyongan Province told RFA.

Vendors claim that healthy people cannot be infected because the products are processed at more than 100 degrees Celsius, another source said. They also attach forged quarantine certificates.

North Korea has still not responded to South Korea's May 31 offer of help in fighting the disease, a senior Unification Ministry official here told reporters.

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