Romania applied with the European Commission for the resumption of intra-community trade with pork products from forward processing units, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos told Rompres.
"We asked that pork exports be resumed, with units processing meat imported from the EU due to start exports in the first stage. Yet a decision will be reached only after the EC assessment and monitoring mission in summer this year because they want to see if product traceability can be ensured," said Ciolos.
The Romanian Minister of Agriculture discussed the subject with the new Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held on May 19-20 in Brussels.
"Talks with the European Commissioner also envisaged control on swine fever and vaccine against this disease. Exports cannot be resumed unless vaccination on commercial farms is interrupted – a decision that was already reached because of the low efficiency of the vaccine, but also due to better control on the disease," said Ciolos.
Some 5.1 million pigs are raised in Romania in farms and individual households, of which almost 1.4 million in professional farms and 3.8 million in the population’s households.
Annual consumption in Romania stands around 11 million pigs. Before 1989, Romania’s swine stock was about 15 million.