WH Group closes Chinese slaughterhouse to stop spread of African swine fever
China has ordered WH Group Ltd., parent company of Smithfield Foods Inc., to shut down one of its slaughterhouses to stop an outbreak of African swine fever, reports Reuters. It was the second outbreak of the deadly disease in China.
ASF is often fatal to pigs but does not affect humans. The most recent outbreak was in Zhengzhou, and WH Group said in a statement that Zhengzhou city authorities had ordered a temporary six-week closure of the slaughterhouse after some 30 hogs died of the highly contagious illness.