Unknown source 1.6 tons of rotten meat found in Guangzhou Pearl River

Since this year, African swine fever outbreaks have emerged in several Chinese provinces, sparking concern among pig farmers. Recently, dozens of boxes of rotting pork, totaling 1.6 tons, were floating in Huangpu section of the Pearl River in Guangzhou. These rotten pork emitted a very pungent odor, which seriously affected the normal life of the surrounding residents while triggering public concern. At present, the source of rotten meat is unknown, but some netizens worry whether these rotten meat carries swine fever virus.

Comprehensive mainland media reported on the 16th, recently, some people reported that the Huangpu section of the Pearl River floating rotten meat, the stench. Guangzhou authorities then sent people to salvage 1.6 tons of rotten pork. A cleaning staff revealed that most of the rotting meat was concentrated on the banks of the Pearl River, “all wrapped in paper and dense”, as the source of the rotting meat is still unclear, the police are tracking.

Guangzhou city management staff said, “it was found that some of the pork has begun to rot, there may be bacterial contamination.”

The rotten meat that was salvaged has been sent to the Fushan Biological System Integrated Treatment Plant for harmless treatment, but the report did not mention whether the rotten meat was tested for viruses.

The incident has sparked concern among the outside world. Some netizens said: “Terrible, better send it to the laboratory to test whether it carries the virus”, “these rotten meat if not detected, will not be circulated in the market?” The dead pigs floating on the water are generally problematic, where did so much rotten pork come from?” The company’s main focus is on the development of a new product, which will be the first of its kind in the world.

The African swine fever epidemic had a large outbreak in China in 2018, hitting the pig industry hard, and only slowly stopped in December 2019. 2020 onwards, the African swine fever epidemic reappears, covering Yunnan, Gansu, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Hubei and other provinces (cities) and autonomous regions.

From January to April 2021, a total of 10 African swine fever outbreaks were officially notified by the Chinese government, covering Xinjiang, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Yunnan and other provinces and cities.

The current wave of outbreaks has triggered a high degree of alarm among pig farmers. Jan Cortenbach, chief technical officer of feed producer Wellhope-De Heus Animal Nutrition, was quoted in a Reuters report in early April as saying that “at least 20% of the stock in the northern and northeastern provinces of China will be affected, maybe even 25%” because of an outbreak of African swine fever in the first quarter of 2021. 25%.” A report released by Founder Intermediate Futures earlier this month said Henan’s breeding sows lost around 20-30%, saying the losses could be “irreversible. In a report, Beijing Oriental AIG Agricultural Consulting Co. said sow stocks in northern China fell 25-30 percent in March compared with February.

The China-based manager of a company supplying large hog producers was quoted as saying, “It feels like 2018 and 2019 all over again,” adding that several clients in northern China have lost thousands of sows in recent months, and some have lost more than half their breeding stock.