Davao council seeks pork import ban

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THE CITY council has approved a resolution banning pork-related products from areas affected by African swine fever.

Among the products sought to be banned are raw, processed and cooked pork and other pork by-products from affected places including Luzon, according to a copy of the resolution authored by Councilor Ralph O. Abella

Acting Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte earlier issued an order that formed a body that will oversee measures seeking to prevent the entry of the disease that has affected some hog farms in Luzon and other countries.

Meanwhile, an order that will ban all pork products and by-products from Luzon and other countries as been submitted to the mayor’s office, Davao City chief veterinarian Cerelyn Pinili said.

Once approved, products such as longganisa, tocino and ham will be banned, she said.

Davao Oriental has already issued an order banning pork products from Luzon and other affected areas, according to Armie S. Capuyan, chief of the disease monitoring section of the Department of Agriculture in the region. — Carmelito Q. Francisco and Maya M. Padillo