Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) undergo a quarantine operation at a hog farm after an outbreak of swine fever was detected, in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 6, 2019. (Kyodo Photo Credits)
Careful with the labels of pork products from Japan these days.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Sunday banned the entry of port from Japan due to classical swine fever or CSF.
Piñol alerted the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) through Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano 12 noon Sunday to immediately impose a ban on the entry of pork and other pork products from Japan following reports of its spread in that country.
"I issued the verbal directive to the BAI through USec Serrano right after I received a link to a news article from newspaper reporter Maureen Simon of the Philippine Star who sought my reaction to the story published by The Japan News," he said.
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The agriculture secretary said a written formal directive will be issued shortly on the imposition of the temporary ban against the entry of pork and pork products from Japan which will be in effect while Philippine quarantine officials are validating the reports with the OIE or the World Animal Health Organization.
"In view of this, all Quarantine Officers in Ports of Entry all over the country are directed to implement this directive immediately," he said.
Piñol advised the quarantine officers to review their Quarantine Protocols, including the foot baths installed at the Ports of Entry and the monitoring of all meat products being brought into the country by tourists.
According to a report from The Japan News, the ASF virus gene was identified in four separate cases in Japan on Jan. 12 and 16, when it was found in carry-on baggage brought from China at Chubu Airport in Aichi Prefecture and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
The virus is believed to enter countries via international mail and foreign tourists’ carry-on baggage.