MANILA—The Bureau of Customs on Thursday said efforts are underway to prevent the entry of banned meat products from countries where there is an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
"All ports of entry are continuously being monitored to safeguard the country’s borders against the entry of contaminated pork and pork products with ASF," it said.
The bureau said only importers with proper clearances and permits from government agencies could import meat products into the country.
"The Bureau assures the public that it is closely coordinating with the various regulatory agencies of the government in implementing policies such as the importation ban on meat products of the Department of Agriculture," it added.
Regulators this week banned pork from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Mongolia, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia.
A "temporary ban" was earlier imposed on pork from China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
African swine fever is not dangerous to humans but is fatal to pigs and wild boars, and has no vaccine or cure.