By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — A temporary import ban has been issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA) against domestic and wild pigs and their products, including pork meat from Malaysia along with imported poultry from three European countries have also been prohibited entry into local markets.
The temporary ban importation meat from Malaysia was imposed due to the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the southeast Asian country while poultry imports were likewise halted due to reported cases of the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.
Based on the official report submitted by Malaysian Animal Disease authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there is an ongoing outbreak of ASF in the districts of Pitas, Kota Marudu, and Beluran in Sabah that has affected backyard swine and wild boars as confirmed by Veterinary Research Institute (National laboratory).
Thus, the DA saw the need to prevent the entry of the ASF virus to protect the health of the local swine population. A moratorium is imposed on any application of Malaysia as an accredited importer of live swine, pork meat, and its by-products.
Likewise, the DA ordered the stoppage and confiscation of shipments of the commodities into the country by all DA veterinary quarantine officers or inspectors at all major ports.
Signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the order took effect on Tuesday, (23 March 2021).
On the other hand, separate memorandum orders from the DA ordered the prohibition of the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and semen originating from Denmark, Sweden, and France.
A moratorium was also imposed on any application of these three countries as an accredited importer of such products.
Likewise, the DA ordered a stoppage and confiscation of all shipments of the above-stated commodities into the country by all DA Veterinary Quarantine officers or inspectors at all major ports. (AI|MTVN)