18 November 2022
New restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products have been introduced in Jersey to
help prevent the spread of African swine fever.
The virus, which can affect all pigs, has recently started spreading through Europe. It is not a threat
to human health.
With immediate effect it is illegal to bring pork or pork products into the Island from Europe, excluding the UK and other Channel Islands, unless it is:
- 2kg or less for human consumption in the original unopened packaging and clearly health
- 2kg or less of pet feed in an unopened manufacturer-sealed package.
There are no new limits on pork or products imported commercially, so long as it is in the original
unopened packaging, it is imported by, or for delivery, to a registered food business, and it is
clearly health marked.
Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jonathan Renouf, said: “African swine fever has a high
mortality rate in pigs, we know it is spreading throughout Europe, and these steps will help us stop
this virus from reaching our local farms.
“I want to reassure Islanders that this is a disease that affects the pig family only, and has no health
implications for humans.
“At this time of year, we’re particularly keen to ensure those ordering in Christmas hampers, for
example, are aware that they won’t be able to bring in large hams or large amounts of pork from
African swine fever is a notifiable disease in Jersey, which means anyone suspecting its presence
must report it immediately to the States Veterinary team on 01534 441600.
The main symptoms of African swine fever in pigs are fever, loss of appetite, lack of energy, and
sudden death with few signs beforehand. There has never been a confirmed case in Jersey.