DA intercepts 2 container vans with pork products from China
Marje Pelayo • October 28, 2019 • 859
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture anti-smuggling unit, Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement for Security and Trade (DA-CREST) Office has seized two container vans carrying banned pork and other meat products from China at the port of Manila last week.
China is among the countries affected by the deadly pig virus, African swine fever (ASF).
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the apprehension was made this week at the Port of Manila involving two cargo containers from China.
According to the DA, the cargo manifest declared the two refrigerated containers had tomato paste and vermicelli.
But upon inspection, authorities discovered pork products such as dimsum; dumplings; pork meat; and pork products.
Also included in the shipment were Peking duck; fresh, frozen duck deserts; marinated chicken wings; minced vegetables with meat; egg noodles; breaded chicken fillet; fresh, frozen squid rings; and frozen scallops.
The operation was in cooperation with the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
Since last year, the DA has banned the importation, distribution, and sale of processed pork products from countries and regions affected by ASF.
These include China, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, North Korea, Laos, Latvia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Poland, Romania Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Germany. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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