Pestilence Update

African swine fever threatens French deli meats producers

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

African swine fever threatens French deli meats producers

Reuters•May 23, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – French deli meats makers are being squeezed by a surge in pork prices linked to an African swine fever epidemic that has decimated the pig herd in China, they said on Thursday, warning of potential bankruptcies in the sector.

African swine fever, a highly contagious virus, has spread to every province on the Chinese mainland since August last year, killing millions of animals and prompting China – the world’s biggest pork producer – to turn to imports earlier this year.

In a knock-on effect, French live pork prices have gained 24% since early March, with a rise of as much as 30% for some ingredients used in making deli meats like saucisson, cooked ham and dry-cured ham, making it hard for producers to pass such price rises on to clients, industry association FICT said.

“These price increases penalize our industries because commercial deals were signed earlier, based on historically low prices, and we now have to convince clients to accept the price rise,” FICT Chairman Bernard Vallat told reporters.

France vies with the Netherlands for the title of third-largest cold meats producer after Spain and Germany.

Deals between suppliers and retailers are negotiated once a year in France and close at the end of February. Buyers are not bound to accept price rises after that without a special clause written into the contract.

Vallat warned of bankruptcies if price hikes could not be passed on to buyers.

“No company can survive if there is no rebalancing with buyers,” he said, adding that it was almost certain prices would continue to rise.

Around 30% of French deli meats makers were already making losses in 2017 due to a rise in commodity prices and that share is likely to remain stable in 2018, Vallat said.

“We expect that (the crisis) will last because the situation is not under control in China and it will take time to reconstitute stocks,” said Vallat, who was previously head of the World Organization for Animal Health OIE.

Average European Union pigmeat prices rose 21.9% since last year, with a sharp rise recorded since early March, EU official data released on Thursday showed.

EU pigmeat exports to China jumped 25.9% in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier, the data also showed.

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