September 14, 2020


German pigs, pork products suspended from entering Philippines following ASF outbreak



The Philippine will temporarily suspend the import of pigs, pork products and by-products from Germany following the latter's confirmation of its first African swine fever (ASF) case.

The Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) said the ban on German pork products was a "reiteration" of the same directive it issued in July last year. This, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, also followed Germany's latest report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that ASF was discovered from carcass of wild boars a few kilometers from Germany's border with Poland, in the Spree-Neisse district in the southern part of Bradenburg.

The ban will allow DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) veterinary quarantine officers to seize German shipments of pigs, pork and pork products at major ports of entry in the Philippines.

South Korea, Germany's second-largest pork export destination, also imposed a ban after the reported findings.

- The Manila Times