Cebu Customs on alert vs entry of meat products from China, other European countries hit by African Swine Fever

Port of Cebu on alert against African swine fever / photo via Philippine News Agency

Manila, Philippines – Customs in Cebu are now closely monitoring ports to prevent the possible entry of contaminated meat products from China and some other countries in Europe after the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) which affect the hogs.

The Bureau of Customs-Port of Cebu said that they will be alerting the Assessment and Customs Police Division from their bureau of any possible information of pork arriving in the Cebu International Port (CIP) from China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. 

Department of Agriculture secretary Manny PiƱol already issued a directive to ban entry of pork meat products coming from the mentioned countries due to ASF outbreak.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Veterinarian Dr. Alice Utlang, said that Cebu city rarely imports pork and gave an assurance that meat products being sold in the city remain safe for consumption.

“Cebu City rarely imports pork products from abroad. Only small quantities of imported pork are sold here and they came from countries which are not included in the DA’s banned list. We import pork from Canada, France, US, and New Zealand, and only in small quantities,” said Utlang. 

Still, Utlang advised buyers to check if meat they are buying are fresh, and the store can present their meat inspection certificates – as proof that their meat products are safe.

Source: Cebu Daily News

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