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·         African Swine Fever Spreads in Philippines

·         Swine fever threatens meat processing sector

·         PH adds Myanmar, Serbia, South Korea to pork import ban list



African Swine Fever Spreads in Philippines


By Enrico Dela Cruz, Reuters

via Insurance Journal - September 20, 2019


Blood samples from pigs in backyard farms in the Philippine capital Manila tested positive for African swine fever, the Department of Agriculture said on Friday, less than two weeks after it declared the country’s first outbreak of the disease.


The Bureau of Animal Industry has tested and confirmed the African swine fever virus in blood samples from two areas in Quezon City, a part of Metro Manila, said the agriculture department’s spokesman, Noel Reyes.


The Philippines, the world’s 10th-largest pork consumer and seventh-biggest pork importer, declared its first outbreak of the virus on Sept. 9, after detecting swine deaths and culling more than 7,000 pigs in towns in Rizal province, east of Manila.


There are also other areas being closely monitored by the agriculture department, Reyes said.


“We have received incident reports and we’re validating them,” Reyes told Reuters, saying the incidents involved pig sickness and deaths in some areas.


He declined to give further details.


There is no cure or vaccine for the deadly and highly contagious disease that kills almost every pig it infects, although it does not affect people.


In Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the virus was possibly transmitted from dead pigs found floating in creeks and a nearby river.


Some hog farmers in Rizal were suspected of having dumped the dead pigs into the river in an attempt to hide the outbreak.


The Department of Agriculture said it is vigorously enforcing quarantine measures in areas declared as “ground zero,” where all pigs must be culled.


Mayor Belmonte, who had declared the pig deaths in Quezon City as an African swine fever outbreak before official confirmation from the agriculture department, said she would ban hog-raising in backyards.


Agriculture Secretary William Dar has...





Swine fever threatens meat processing sector


By Eireene Jairee Gomez, Manila Times (Philippines)

September 20, 2019


THE Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) on Thursday lamented that the African swine fever (ASF) also threatens the country’s P300-billion meat processing industry.


The group said pork supply had become scarce and sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte.


It also urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to release guidelines that the industry could follow to address public misconception on pork meat consumption.


“We are in constant communication with the DA and they promised us last week that they will give us certain guidelines on how we can help in the prevention of the spread of ASF because we also want to do our part. But, as of now, they haven’t done anything for our meat processing industry,” Jerome Ong, Pampi vice president, told The Manila Times in a phone interview.


“We support all the actions done by the DA so far, but we want to remind them not to forget the meat processing industry because this will greatly affect our consumers,” he added.


Ong lamented that local government units have implemented measures on their own, which could “actually be consolidated and be covered in the guidelines that would come from the DA.”


He warned that the meat processing sector might be forced to reduce its production if the government would ban pork importation from all countries.


“There is no logic in suspending all pork imports. We believe it is not fair and not science-based. We buy only from countries, which are not affected by the ASF,” Ong said.


The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) earlier urged the DA to suspend the importation of pork meat and processed pork, saying imported meat was behind the entry of the highly contagious swine fever virus.


Pampi, however, belied this, stressing that “uncontrolled swill feeding” was behind the spread of the hog disease.


The group added that local producers had not been supplying them meat for products such as hotdogs, tocino, ham and longaniza, thus the need to rely on importation.


“They never support us. We keep on asking them to supply our requirements, but they never did. What we buy from abroad are cuts of pork that we cannot get locally,” Ong said.


Sinag Executive Director Jayson Cainglet, however, belied this...





PH adds Myanmar, Serbia, South Korea to pork import ban list


By: Ben O. de Vera, Philippine Daily Inquirer

September 20, 2019


The Philippines has expanded the ban on pork imports to three more countries—Myanmar, Serbia and South Korea—with African Swine Fever (ASF) cases.


The three countries were added to the updated list of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in a Sept. 18 memorandum issued by Deputy Commissioner Edward James A. Dy Buco to all district and sub-port collectors.


To date, the Philippines banned importation of pork and pork-based products from 22 countries and territories, which also included Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Laos, North Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zambia.


The memo said all Customs personnel will conduct “rigid insoection” at air and sea ports of all check-in and hand-carried luggage from the countries on the list and seize all pork and pork-related products...