28 Apr 2009

No need for restrictions on pork imports - industry

12:58 pm on 28 April 2009

The Pork Industry Board says it sees no need for New Zealand to restrict pork imports on account of the swine flu outbreak.

China and Russia have stopped imports of pork and pork products that have not been thermally treated from Mexico and some parts of the United States.

Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates have also imposed import restrictions.

Pork Industry Board chief executive Sam McIvor says the industry's response is based on advice from the World Health Organisation.

Future prices for pork have fallen on fears that people will eat less pork.