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Hanggang 2020! Gwen Garcia extends pork ban in Cebu

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has extended to 2020 the ban on all pork and pork-related products from Luzon and 21 ASF-affected countries.

In extending the pork ban until next year, Garcia described the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Luzon as reaching “alarming proportions.”

The ban will be in place until June 30, 2020 and will cover live hogs, boar semen, and all frozen and processed pork products from Luzon and the rest of the countries infected by the ASF virus. (https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2019/11/05/1966117/pork-ban-cebu-province-extended#HkiJQ3YdWxITKFQ8.99)

“As Governor of Cebu tasked with the duty to protect the Province of Cebu, the inhabitants of the Province of Cebu, and our 11 billion peso hog industry, I have decided to extend the total ban from all pork and all pork-related products coming not only from the ASF infected countries but coming also from Luzon until June 30 of 2020,” said Garcia.

“It is what prudence dictates and in this particular case, we cannot have an overabundance of caution,” she added.

According to her, she decided on extension after careful evaluation of the recent updates on the spread of the ASF virus and upon consultation with the provincial veterinarian.

Garcia assured that the ban will be lifted once authorities can assure the virus has been contained.