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Aklan bans hogs, pork from Mindanao

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Aklan is enforcing strict measures to prevent the entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork-based product from African swine fever (ASF)-affected areas in Mindanao.

Governor Florencio Miraflores has signed a memorandum directing municipal mayors, airline and vessel companies, including the Aklan ASF Task Force for the pre-emptive ban of all live pigs, pork and pork-related products and catering food wastes from airlines and vessels that originated there.

“There are pork products originating from Mindanao being brought in the province of Aklan, as well as travelers that are potential agents of spread and incursion of the disease to the ASF-free island of Visayas,” the memorandum dated February 3 read. (https://bit.ly/37sGPWw)

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture reported suspected ASF cases in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental that resulted to the death of thousands of pigs.

Meanwhile, animal quarantine checkpoints have been established in the municipalities of Altavas, Nabas, and Buruanga for the mandatory inspection of private and public vehicles.

Personnel of the Bureau of Quarantine are also on high alert in Caticlan port and Kalibo International Airport to ensure that the inbound passengers are not carrying pork items from the affected countries.