Taiwan imposes ASF measures on the Philippines

Taiwan has imposed African swine fever measures on the Philippines amid an alleged unreported case of the deadly pork disease in Bulacan and Rizal province.

Manila Bulletin reported that Taiwan will begin checking all carry-on bags from the Philippines starting today as a precautionary measure against ASF.

The order came from Central Emergency Operation Centre (CEOC), the government agency tasked to monitor emergency situations in Taiwan, which said “ASF cases have been detected in Bulacan and Rizal Province of the Philippines, even though the authorities have not reported the cases to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

“The Philippines thus became the latest country to be listed as a high-risk area for ASF by the Taiwanese authorities.”

The Department of Agriculture in The Philippines has been imposing stricter quarantine protocols against ASF since last year. In July, it closed its doors to imported pork products coming from Germany, one of the Philippines’ top suppliers of affordable raw pork material, as part of this measure.

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