AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol yesterday ordered a temporary ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Japan following report of an outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in that country.
Piñol issued the order to Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) after he received a link to a news article regarding the ASF outbreak in Japan.
He explained that the ban will be in effect while the Quarantine Officials are validating the reports with the OIE or the World Animal Health Organization.
“In view of this, all Quarantine Officers in Ports of Entry all over the country are directed to implement this directive immediately,” Piñol said.
Piñol further directed the Quarantine Officers to review their Quarantine Protocols, including the foot baths installed at the Ports of Entry and the monitoring of all meat products being brought into the country by tourists.