New ASF variants in China threatens PH’s hog sector
by Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin (Philippines)
May 4, 2021
The government’s failure to stop smuggled pork imports has put the country at more risk of contracting new variants of African Swine Fever (ASF) that began to cause further damage in China, the world’s largest pork-producing country.
In a text exchange, Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. (ProPork) President Edwin Chen said the Philippine government is not capable to prevent new ASF variants that were recently detected in China, which could cause more harm to the already severely battered local hog industry.
“Time and time again we saw Yorme [Mayor Isko Moreno] apprehending smuggled meats in Manila. These meats can come from China and we know China has an ongoing outbreak of ASF variant strains,” Chen said.
“Our government, sad to say, has been lax or is not capable of guarding our borders against diseases or pests from coming in,” he added...