Minister Touts Safety of Pork after Swine Fever Vaccinations

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Tamamura, Gunma Pref., Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--Agriculture minister Taku Eto inspected a wholesale meat market Monday before the shipment of pork from pigs vaccinated against swine fever starts in Japan as early as this week.

Eto visited the market in Tamamura, Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, to examine its sanitary conditions and publicize the safety of pork.

In Japan, outbreaks of swine fever have prompted some prefectures to vaccinate pigs to prevent the spread of the disease.

The shipment of pork from vaccinated pigs will start Friday at the earliest in the central Japan prefecture of Gifu and elsewhere. In Gunma, the start is expected for as early as Sunday.

Eating pork from vaccinated pigs poses no health risks, according to the agriculture ministry.

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