PH bans entry of imported pork from 8 countries
The Philippine government has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products from eight countries including Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine to prevent the spread of a hog disease.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said pork products “cannot be brought into the country and will be confiscated at points of entry as the Philippines steps up measures to prevent the spread of the dreaded hog disease African Swine Fever (ASF) into the country”.
He said that while the country has taken steps to address the newest threat to livestock and poultry as early as August of this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), has decided to implement more stringent measures.
Right now, reports indicated that the dreaded ASF disease is spreading, especially in China.
The ASF has been described by experts as a “contagious, untreatable and often fatal virus is sweeping the global pig population – and future mutations could affect humans.”
“Yesterday, the last working day of the year, I ordered the implementation of the following measures through a DA Memorandum Order,” Piñol said.
These measures are the following:
1. Establishment of foot baths in all entry points of the country, including those arriving via cruise ships; Mandatory inspection, in coordination with other concerned agencies, of all vessels docking in Philippine Ports with meat supplies and fishing boats returning from the West Philippine Sea because of reports of bartering of sea products with imported meat.
2. Close coordination by the DA-BAI with the Bureau of Customs at all international air and sea ports for the conduct of rigid inspection for the checked in and hand-carried luggages of all incoming passengers from ASF-affected.
3. Confiscation and destruction of all pork products coming from ASF-affected countries within 24 hours after interception.