Smithfield's Romanian ops hit by swine fever

Romanian authorities have ordered the slaughter of 20,000 pigs after an outbreak of swine fever at a Smithfield Foods farm in the west of the country over the weekend.

All of the farms in Timis county belonging to Smithfield Foods - one of the world's largest meat processors - will now be inspected for signs of infection, the Romanian government said.

Road checks have been set up in the area to prevent the movement of meat.

Swine fever is a recurrent problem in Romania, which has been banned from exporting pork to other EU countries.

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