An outbreak of African swine fever is raising alarm bells among pork producers as fears of a global spread of the disease rises.

Since August, more than 40 cases have been reported in China, the world’s largest hog and pork producer. In fact, China supplies 50% of the world’s pork. The outbreaks have spread to 12 Chinese provinces, an area that’s home to more than half of the country’s 700 million pig population. Farms across Europe, including Poland, Romania and Belgium are also experiencing outbreaks of African swine fever.

Pork prices are getting a boost on concerns that the deadly virus will cause pork supplies to tighten . . .

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