October 30, 2018 / 8:24 AM / 22 days ago

China to crack down on illegal activity at slaughterhouses to combat African swine fever: ministry

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are pictured at a farm on the outskirts of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it will launch a three-month investigation into illegal activity by slaughterhouses to combat the spread of African swine fever.

The ministry said it will step up checks on the illegal transport, slaughter and processing of sick pigs.

China has reported more than 40 outbreaks of the highly contagious disease across 13 provinces since it was first detected in the country in early August.

Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue

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