Swine fever epidemic could devastate Britain’s pigs

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It risks a death toll on the same scale as the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, experts warn.

They have issued guidance to farmers not to feed their pet dogs or cats salted or dried products such as pork scratchings, ham and salami in case contaminated grub makes it into livestock’s mouths.

It is feared improperly discarded domestic food waste could also lead to a deadly African swine fever outbreak in this country.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said: “Commonly, outbreaks have been attributed to feeding pigs infected food.

“In the UK it is illegal to feed kitchen scraps to pigs.

“It is vital that left-over food is discarded into secure rubbish bins.”

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