Taiwan bans Vietnamese pork liver paste due to ASF contamination

A made-in-Vietnam pork liver paste infected with African swine fever (ASF) has been pulled from shelves in Taiwan and banned from further importation.

 The product was found to have been infected with the ASF virus on Dec 9, as part of a spot check targeting canned meat, processed foods, condiments, as well as sauce and broth-based products manufactured in at-risk areas.

ASF so far has been found in China, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, North Korea, South Korea, East Timor, and Indonesia. 

Taiwanese border checks identified 212 contaminated samples between Oct 1 and Dec 24. Of the total, 164 were from China and 48 from Vietnam.