Food waste to be banned as pig feed

Local | Jane Cheung 31 Dec 2018

Food waste can no longer be used to feed pigs at local farms starting from January 12.

In her blog yesterday, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee wrote that the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had amended the pig farm license to ban farmers from using food waste to feed pigs.

She said officers will inspect the farms before the implementation of the new policy to remind farmers to heat food waste before using it as pig feed. Starting January 12, even heated food waste cannot be served.

This comes after 20 among 154 mainland farms supplying hogs to the SAR have suspended their supply, as they were located in the vicinity of farms infected by African swine fever.

Farms in three Guangdong cities - Zhuhai, Guangzhou and Huizhou - have also been affected by the outbreak of swine flu, prompting local farmers to voice their concerns that the disease could spread here. They lambasted the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for lacking a plan to combat the virus. Under secretary for food and health Chui Tak-yi yesterday said the government had arranged more frequent inspections at local farms.

He said a disinfectant pool will be installed at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse early next month to enhance the disinfectant procedures for trucks carrying pigs. "We'll continue to hold discussions with the sector on how to modify pig trucks effectively to improve the hygiene conditions and lower the chances of the disease spreading through pigs' excretion," Chui said.

However, he did not comment on whether the government would issue subsidies to local farmers to aid them in implementing preventive measures against swine fever.

Meanwhile, Chan said more than 960,000 citizens had received the influenza vaccine, up 56 percent from the same period last year.

She attributed the rise to extension of the vaccine subsidy age groups to cover those between 50 and 64.

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