DA bans pork, poultry imports from 4 countries

Published March 25, 2021, 7:42 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

Pork imports from Malaysia and poultry products from Sweden, France, and Denmark have been temporarily barred from entering the Philippines due to widespread outbreaks affecting animals in the foreign nations.  

The ban was based on the four separate memorandum orders issued by the Department of Agriculture issued on March 23.

Under memorandum order 20-2021, domestic and wild pigs and their products and by-products including pork meat, pig skin and semen originating from Malaysia are temporarily banned due to the reported African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak there.

Under memorandum orders 21, 22, 23-2021, the importation of domestic and wild birds including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs, and semen from Sweden, France, and Denmark are temporarily banned after outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of H5N8 were reported in the countries.

Sweden is also affected by HPAI of H5N5, the agency said.

With the imposed ban, any shipment containing these products from the four countries will be confiscated upon entry in the country through its major ports.