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According to news reports, China’s Ag Ministry has uncovered the culprit in the spread of African swine fever that has been plaguing that nations hog herd; table scraps. Evidently feeding them to animals has been a common practice in some operations there, although it is difficult to imagine in larger scale hog farms, but regardless, is now outlawed. I am not sure exactly how they intend to police this, maybe sending out refuse officers to root through compost piles, or maybe stationing guards at hog facilities to make sure no garbage trucks get in. While simple answers can often be effective, this one seems too simple. As an extra level of caution though, it was also reported that they are setting up a registry to track vehicles used for the transport of animals. If the ASF problem were not enough, there was also a report of an outbreak of H5N6 bird flu in the Hubei province, and some 5,000 birds have been culled.
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