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Iloilo governor bans pork products ASF-affected areas

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. has issued an executive order banning the entry of swine, pork, pork products, and pork by-products from areas affected by African swine fever (ASF).

The Department of Agriculture said the virus has been detected across Europe and Asia, including Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, and China.

In the Philippines, hogs in Rizal and Bulacan were tested positive for the ASF virus. (https://watchmendailyjournal.com/2019/09/20/iloilo-bans-pork-products-areas-affected-african-swine-fever/)

“African swine fever is a threat to the swine industry and the food security of the province,” said Defensor.

The governor directed ports across the province and Iloilo International Airport to implement strict veterinary quarantine procedures, food safety measures, and quarantine checks for the products in question.

The move is a preventative measure as the province is still free from ASF, according to him.