30 Apr 2009

Pork bans expected to have little effect on NZ

6:01 am on 30 April 2009

The pork Industry says international trade bans on pork will have little effect on New Zealand producers.

China and Russia have stopped imports of pork and pork products from Mexico and parts of the United States.

Some other countries have followed suit, and now the Philippines says it may extend its ban to other affected countries including New Zealand.

But Pork Board chairman Chris Trengrove says New Zealand exports less than 2% of its domestic production, so trade bans are not a concern.

He says the small amount New Zealand exports go mainly to the Pacific Islands and Singapore. Very little goes to the Philippines.

Mr Trengrove says there is no risk of catching the swine flu virus from eating pork, so it makes no sense for countries to restrict trade.