Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) imposed a temporary ban on pork imports from Laos, the latest Southeast Asian country to be hit by African swine fever (ASF).

In a memorandum order signed last Monday, June 24, the DA said the importation ban will cover domestic and wild pigs as well as pork products like pork meat, pig skin, and semen for insemination. The import ban will immediately take effect.

The memo also immediately suspends the evaluation and processing of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances for pork products coming from Laos.

DA veterinary quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports were also instructed to block and confiscate shipments of pork goods from Laos. (READ: PH tightens importation of plant-based feeds from ASF-hit nations)

The Food and Drug Administration earlier issued its own temporary import ban on processed pork products from 16 countries. The Philippines remains free of ASF, but hog raisers still want tighter import restrictions. – Rappler.com