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China's swine fever outbreak sets off scrap over pork

Meat prices climb worldwide as importers scramble and consumers switch products

TOKYO/BANGKOK/PARIS -- The outbreak of African swine fever that is ravaging China's pig farmers is sending shock waves through Asia's market for imported meat. Importers in the region face a battle with Chinese buyers, while exporters reap a windfall.

The virus that causes ASF has no cure. Although it is harmless to humans, it is highly infectious and deadly to pigs.

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