The Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confiscated more than 70 kilograms of pork, poultry, and beef products at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga from Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan. 8, 2019.
Based on the report from BAI, authorities seized 31.5 kg of pork products, 18.5 kg of beef products, and 22.3 kg of poultry products.
The BOC said that the products were found inside the luggage of passengers coming from South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, and the United States of America.
The seized products will be burned in order to ensure that they won’t be sold in the market.
The Philippine government intensified their monitoring of meat products entering the country due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak reported in other states.
The ASF, while has no confirmed malignant effects to a person, can damage the hog industry in the Philippines.
The Department of Agriculture has already ordered a ban on the importation of pork products from Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, and Zambia.