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Philippines: Alert against pork from Japan

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Asia   DA has placed a temporary ban on the importation of pork

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Bureau Of Customs and Bureau Of Animal Industry are on alert to ensure that no one passengers carrying into the aircraft Pork product coming from Japan.

This comes after Department of Agriculture (DA) has placed a temporary ban on the importation of pork and pork-based products from Japan, as swine fever spreads in the East Asian country.

BOC and BAI team are in place at the NAIA terminal 1 2 and 3 to avoid passengers carrying pork product.

DA Secretary Manny Piñol, the directive to the Bureau of Animal Industry to “immediately impose” the ban, following reports about the spread of the swine fever in Japan.

The Directive will be issued shortly on the imposition of the Temporary Ban against the entry of pork and pork products from Japan which will be in effect while our Quarantine Officials are validating the reports with the OIE or the World Animal Health Organisation.

Piñol added that quarantine officers in entry ports across the Philippines are also directed to immediately impose the ban and review quarantine protocols, including foot baths and the monitoring of meat products brought by tourists.

News reports say the epidemic is affecting several prefectures in Japan, with over 100 wild boars testing positive for the virus and some 15,000 pigs expected to be culled.

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