Government prohibits import of pork from 6 countries
Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) – September 3, 2018 – 00:00
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Ministry of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on imports of domestic and feral pigs and their products from China, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine following outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).
Based on the report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health, there were outbreaks of ASF viruses in the six countries that affect domestic and feral pigs.
ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs. Mortality rates are as high as 100 percent.
In a recently adopted memorandum that came into effect immediately, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol immediately suspended processing, evaluating the application and issuing of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) import declarations to these raw materials.
Piñol said that all veterinary quarantine officers in all major ports will stop all deliveries of the goods to the Philippines and confiscation.
There will also be seizures of meat and their products brought in by arriving passengers from the affected countries.
The memorandum order was issued to prevent the entry of the virus and to protect the health of the public and the local pig population.
The DA will hold a shareholders' meeting today with the livestock industry to guarantee sufficient supply for the upcoming holidays.
"From now on our offer is stable, but as always, once & # 39; ber & # 39; months arrive, the pressure in the market is always there," Piñol said.
"That is why we are talking about our current stock, if we can really meet the needs of the market during months, and if not, what the options are, if they are to allow imports to support our supply needs, "he added.
Meanwhile, in a separate order, Piñol also banned the use of catering food waste and remnants of international and domestic airports and seaports for swill feeding of local pigs across the country.
The veterinary quarantine staff appointed at different stations have been instructed to monitor and ensure that airports and seaports, both nationally and internationally, are following proper disinfection and disposal of catering food waste and residues including waste.
The Animal Industry Bureau has been mandated through its national veterinary quarantine service to set up a quarantine control system for interregional and international movement of animals and animal products to prevent exotic diseases from entering and the spread of endemic diseases in the EU. land, including ASF and foot-and-mouth disease.