MANILA - Importers, dealers and distributors were ordered to immediately recall processed pork products from countries suspected to be hit by African Swine Fever, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
Food and Drug Regulation officers as well as Regulatory Enforcement Units were ordered to seize all imported pork products from countries with suspected cases of swine fever that were found during their monitoring, the FDA said in an advisory dated Monday.
All importers are "ordered to immediately recall all pork meat products imported from countries suspected to be affected by the African Swine Fever virus," the FDA said.
In another advisory addressed to the general public, the FDA reiterated the “temporary ban” on importation, distribution and sale of all processes pork meat products from China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
The ban was expanded to processed pork meat from Vietnam, Zambia, south Africa, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mongolia, Moldova and Belgium, following a series of memorandums released Department of Agriculture, the FDA said.
African swine fever is defined by the World Health Organization for Animal Health as a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease for pigs, the FDA said.
-- with a report from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News