Coronavirus results in suspension of Pig Health Scheme

AHDB has suspended the Pig Health Scheme, which feeds back health information from abattoirs to farmers, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision was taken as a result of the additional pressures on the workforce caused by the outbreak. The situation will be kept under review.

AHDB said: “In light of the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increased pressure plants and assessors are facing, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend Pig Health Scheme assessments.

“We acknowledge that, at this time, when there is a higher throughput and reduced workforce at plants, the roles of the official vets and meat inspectors must take priority over Pig Health Scheme assessments.

“We will review the situation on a weekly basis and update the website once assessments can recommence.”

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