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Russia’s Piggy Race Canceled on Threat of African Swine Fever

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Russia’s food safety watchdog canceled the Ninth Piggy Olympiad because of the African Swine Fever risks, Tatyana Kolchanova, vice president of the country’s Sports Pig-Breeding Federation said.

The race with 12 trained pigs at the Golden Autumn agricultural exhibition in Moscow on Oct. 14-16 will not be held, Kolchanova said by phone today.

The service, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, banned the event and any kind of hog demonstration at the exhibition “because of the direct threat of ASF expansion on territory of the Russian Federation,” according to the order published on the service’s website yesterday.

ASF is a virus that kills pigs and for which there is no vaccine. The disease, which is harmless to people, killed 20,000 pigs in southern Russia in the first half of the year, according to Rosselkhoznadzor data.

--Editors: Sharon Lindores, John Deane

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow

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