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Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Christian Fernsby |
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Philippinesimposed a temporary ban on pork imports from Laos, the latest Southeast Asian country to be hit by African swine fever (ASF).

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The DA said the importation ban will cover domestic and wild pigs as well as pork products like pork meat, pig skin, and semen for insemination. The import ban will immediately take effect.

The memo also immediately suspends the evaluation and processing of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances for pork products coming from Laos.

DA veterinary quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports were also instructed to block and confiscate shipments of pork goods from Laos. (READ: PH tightens importation of plant-based feeds from ASF-hit nations)

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