Fears have grown over the virus hitting our shores as it spreads across parts of Europe and south-east Asia.
China has reportedly been forced to cull a third of its 360million pigs.
But the British Government is preparing to introduce a series of precautionary policies to make sure the crisis doesn’t make it over here.
A Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs spokesperson said: “While African swine fever has never been recorded in the UK, we are not complacent and already have robust measures in place to protect against animal disease outbreaks.
Since the spread of the disease in Europe, control measures have been put in place to ensure that no live pigs, wild boar or pork products from affected areas reach the UK.
“We are also working closely with the pig sector to raise awareness of the risks and maintain high standards.” But the price of bacon in shops is still likely to rise as ASF takes grip in other countries.
Asian countries are buying in more of our safe pork, meaning there is less for our supermarkets to buy, pushing up the price.
Despite this, a National Pig Association insisted we can still enjoy porky treats.
A spokesperson said: “Our farmers work very hard to ensure British pork is traceable, high quality, and safe to eat.”
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