Luxembourg's Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development has announced that, following the spread of the African swine fever virus along the Franco-Belgian border, the Luxembourg authorities remain vigilant and are closely following the evolution of the situation.
Prevention - control - eradication remain the watchwords in the fight against African swine fever (ASF - PPA in French). For this reason, the communication and coordination with the competent Belgian and French authorities to stop the spread of the virus has been strengthened.
At present, based on the facts resulting from this cross-border cooperation, the Luxembourg authorities have decided to maintain all the provisions in place across the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, Romain Schneider, however, specifies that these provisions can be strengthened at any time if the spread of the virus requires it.
The PPA Task Force, bringing together the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development and their relevant administrations, as well as all stakeholders affected by this disease - hunters, transporters, slaughterhouses and other actors in the pigmeat industry, animal feed companies and representatives of forest owners - will be convened a fourth time at the beginning of next month.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development has also pointed out that all the results of the 96 tests carried out on wild boar carcasses for PPA have been negative. So far, no case of African swine fever on wild boar or pigs has been detected in Luxembourg.
In this context, Minister Romain Schneider recalled that the ASF virus affects domestic boars and pigs, but poses no risk to humans even if they eat contaminated meat or meat products.