PH bans pork imports from Germany


By Eireene Jairee Gomez, The Manila Times

September 14, 2020


THE PHILIPPINES has banned the importation of domestic and wild pigs, pork products and byproducts from Germany after the country confirmed its first case of African swine fever (ASF).


The Department of Agriculture said the new order banning German pork products was a “reiteration” of the order it issued in July 2019.


Germany has reported to the World Organization for Animal Health that the ASF virus was discovered in the carcasses of wild boar in the Spree-Neisse district in the southern part of Bradenburg, a few kilometers from Germany’s border with Poland.


Agriculture Secretary William Dar also suspended the processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitar import clearance to domestic and wild pigs, pork products and by-products from Germany.


Shipments of pigs, pork and pork products from Germany will be confiscated by Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary quarantine officers at all major ports of entry.


A temporary ban on pork meat products from Germany was imposed by the Philippines in July last year after the European nation was found exporting meat from another country affected by the ASF virus.


There had been concerns that the ASF would cross the Polish border and infect wild boar in Germany, Europe’s largest pork producer.


Germany is a significant supplier of pork to China which has increased imports of pork...