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Treñas orders 90-day ban on entry of pork products from ASF-hit areas

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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has ordered a ban for 90 days the entry of live pigs, hog carcasses, pork meat, and pork by-products from areas with positive cases of African swine fever (ASF).

Treñas’ executive order also covers countries that tested positive for ASF.

ASF reaching this city is possible, according to the local chief executive.

Iloilo City is a major entry/exit point of inter-regional conveyance through the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo and Iloilo International Port in Barangay Loboc, Lapuz district. (https://www.panaynews.net/city-govt-orders-90-day-ban-on-meat-from-asf-hit-areas/)

Treñas noted that Iloilo City is No. 3 in terms of frequency of ship calls annually (11,853), No. 4 in cargo (491,719 metric tons) and No. 4 in passenger traffic (2.4 million).

ASF, he added, could cause high mortality in domestic pigs, which may adversely affect the local food security.

“There is an urgent need to adopt preventive measures to protect the hog industry of Region 6.”

The 90-day ban took effect last October 9