Cebu extends pork ban from ASF-hit areas until 2020

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2019 01:24 AM | Updated as of Nov 06 2019 01:25 AM

CEBU—Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia said Monday she will extend until next year the ban on live hogs and pork products from Luzon and other countries affected by the African swine fever (ASF).

"ASF is a clear and present danger to the entire country," she said.

The ban, which was scheduled to end in December, is meant to protect the province's hog industry, Garcia said.

The decision to extend the ban until June 30, 2020, she said, came after some products of Pampanga-based Mekeni Foods Corporation tested positive of ASF, a highly contagious disease that is deadly to pigs but harmless to humans.

The governor issued Executive Order (EO) 16 in September for a 100-day ban on live hogs and pork products from areas affected by the incurable virus. 

An amendment to the EO is expected to be signed by Garcia to guide the Task Force ASF, an inter-agency body formed to keep watch of pork entry in the province, to continue the strict monitoring of shipments and establishments.—Report from Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News