China has imposed tougher restrictions for imports of live pigs from the US amid concerns about a fatal swine virus, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, citing US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and livestock-industry officials. China, the world’s largest consumer of pork, has asked the USDA to conduct testing and provide certification that live hogs come from herds that are free of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, an agency spokesman was quoted as saying. The disease has spread to nearly 30 US states and killed millions of young pigs since it was identified in the country last spring, the report said. Live hogs represent a relatively small portion of pork-related US exports to China. The Asian nation last year bought 14,000 hogs, valued at US$20 million. In contrast, exporters shipped US$703.5 million of fresh pork to the country, according to the report.
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