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APHIS Removal of Japan from the List of Regions Declared Free of Classical Swine Fever

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public that we removed Japan from the list of regions APHIS recognizes as free of classical swine fever (CSF). This action followed the detection of CSF in Japan in 2018.

CSF is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic swine that can spread rapidly in swine populations with extremely high rates of morbidity and mortality. On September 9, 2018, the veterinary authority of Japan reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) the occurrence of CSF in that country. On September 10, 2018, APHIS removed Japan’s CSF-free status on a provisional basis pending an epidemiological investigation and remedial measures. Due to the failure to control and eradicate the disease in Japan, on November 20, 2019, APHIS determined that this removal would not be reversible without a formal re-evaluation

As a result of these determinations, the importation of pork and pork products and live swine from Japan is subject to the APHIS import restrictions which are designed to mitigate risk of CSF introduction into the United States.

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