Aurora bans pigs and pork products from areas affected by ASF

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Ric Sapnu – The Filipino Star

August 27, 2022 | 00:00

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga, Philippines – Entry of pigs and pork products from areas affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) is prohibited in Aurora Province from August 30.

In an executive order signed Aug. 22, Governor Christian Noveras said the ban, particularly on pigs and pork products from Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, would be in effect until Sept. 30.

He said the three provinces were among the areas classified as red zones from July 16 to August 4.

“Aurora is recovering from the effect of ASF and is now classified as yellow based on the national zoning and relocation plan,” Noveras said.

The Ministry of Agriculture had previously said that areas classified as yellow zone or surveillance zone for African swine fever would change to green zone or free from the disease during the year.

Noveras ordered strict monitoring of entry and exit points in the province.

He said local government units should monitor the sale of pork and pork products in public markets and other establishments under their jurisdiction.

Noveras said pig farmers and slaughterhouse operators should practice maximum biosecurity and high standards of hygiene and sanitation.

The provincial veterinary bureau and its municipal counterparts should carry out disease surveillance surveys and monitor hog establishments and farms in the province, he added.

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