Edinburgh -- As a precautionary measure, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs has widened culls of hogs to Lothian and Galloway to prevent the spread of African swine fever. Defra continues to insist there is no danger to the public. More than 900 hogs were slaughtered and burned on one day last week alone.
Sales of pork products have sharply increased in area supermarkets and butchers. Consumers are watching closely as the recall of products from a number of farms in the Borders rises. Fifteen cuts are on a voluntary watch list, with more expected to come in days. The wholesale price for other meats is up as much as a pound a kilo.
Deborah Macmillan, Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland, said, "We are securing the food supply thanks to thorough review by inspectors and our staff. You can eat Scottish produce with confidence."