South Cotabato PVET puts up checkpoint vs African swine fever

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The provincial government of South Cotabato has intensified the campaign against the possible entry of hand carried meat from tourists disembarking at the General Santos Port.

The Provincial Veterinary (PVET) officials have ordered the establishment of checkpoint in Polomolok after the outbreak of the deadly African swine fever (ASF) disease.

PVET, with the assistance of the local police, will seize “hot meat.”

Quoting the Bureau of Animal Industry, PVET said that the Philippines is still free from the deadly animal disease.

According to World Organisation for Animal Health, ASF, which is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs, is not a risk to human health.

The Department of Agriculture has earlier banned the entry of pork from Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine to prevent the spread of ASF in the country.