Citing ASF, Cebu orders pork products removed from Korean restos

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2019 09:34 PM

Korean stores and restaurants in Cebu have only until Friday to pull out pork products from their shelves.

The mandate came after South Korea was added to the list of countries that have reported cases of African swine fever.

In an emergency meeting Thursday, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia urged the Cebu Korean Association to help in the information dissemination and monitoring of Korean businesses in the province.

Garcia said no one is exempted from the pork ban.

Koreans top the list with the most number of tourist arrivals in Central Visayas, reaching 1.3 million, according to a 2018 figure released by the Department of Tourism.

This led to the growing number of Korean establishments.

Garcia is hopeful that this won't hurt the tourism industry since businessmen can still source their supplies from local hog raisers.

"I ask for the assurance from our own association of hog raisers that they will, as much as possible, keep the prices stable," Garcia said.

Cebu Korean Association President Charlie Cho said that he will immediately inform their members about the policy.

"I'm very sure Korean (sic) understand also the matter. So we will follow," said Cho.

Garcia said that beyond the deadline, the Task Force ASF will confiscate pork products being publicly displayed.