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A $2 Billion Illicit Meat Market Is Damaged by Pig Virus

  • India’s meat exports slumped as China closed its borders
  • Unofficial meat trade routed from India through Vietnam
Employees sort buffalo meat at an abattoir in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Employees sort buffalo meat at an abattoir in Uttar Pradesh, India.Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg
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China’s attempts to stop the spread of African swine fever are closing the door on a black market meat trade that’s normally worth about $2 billion a year.

Stricter controls at China’s borders have slashed the amount of unofficial produce being imported into the country through its immediate neighbors. That includes as much as 2,000 containers of buffalo meat that Indian herders ship to China every month via Vietnam to circumvent an 18 year ban by Beijing.