South Korea Lifts H1N1 Ban on Live Hog Imports

The South Korean government has lifted its ban on live hog imports from North America. The ban was imposed in April out of fear surrounding the H1N1 viral outbreak. In a statement issued Tuesday, South Korea’s agricultural ministry said live hog imports from the United States, Canada and Mexico are set to resume with stepped-up quarantine checks.

The tally of live hog shipments from North American countries to South Korea was 1,562 last year and fell to just over 100 this year.

The H1N1 virus was initially and erroneously dubbed “swine flu,” causing global panic and confusion. World health experts agree H1N1 is a distinct human virus that has not been transmitted to humans by swine or by the consumption of pork products.


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  1. […] as we reported earlier on The Pulse, South Korea has agreed to re-open its markets to U.S. […]


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