The Department of Agriculture over the weekend issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild pigs, pork products and by-products from Germany.
It said the ban was imposed after the confirmation of the first case of African Swine Fever in Schenkendöbern, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg which affected wild boar, as reported by Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (National Laboratory).
The official report was submitted on Sept. 10, 2020 by Dr. Dietrich Rassow, director for animal health and animal welfare and chief veterinary officer of the Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany, to the World Organization for Animal Health.
Aside from the temporary ban, Agriculture Secretary William Dar also issued an immediate suspension of the processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance to domestic and wild pigs, pork products and by-products from Germany.
The department said all shipments of pigs, pork and pork products from Germany to the Philippines would be confiscated by all DA-Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary quarantine officers at all major ports of entry.
The DA lifted on Sept. 7 the ban on poultry imports from Brazil after the Brazilian government presented coronavirus prevention measures.
Brazil earlier complained that the Philippine government committed trade violations for imposing the import ban on poultry meat without following the necessary and mandatory principles and steps under Article 5 of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.