By Betheena Unite
Pork products from China worth P600,000 were seized at the Port of Subic recently due to suspected African swine fever contamination, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
A shipment containing meat products later determined as pork balls were seized last May 29.
The shipment was consigned to Rudarr Trading Corporation and was shipped from China, which is among the countries allegedly infected with African swine fever.
According to the bureau, the shipment was under surveillance and monitoring by the Office of the District Collector and the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service upon its arrival at the Port of Subic.
The bureau said confiscating the shipment was in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) order and Department of Agriculture’s (DA) memorandum on “Temporary Ban on the importation of Domestic and Wild Pigs and their products including Pork Meat and Semen” originating from African Swine Fever (ASF) infected countries such as China.
The shipment was later alerted and subjected to 100-percent physical examination.
The Port immediately issued Alert Order No.
Earlier this week, the products were further examined by quarantine experts from the Bureau of Animal Industry.
It was discovered during the examination that the shipment actually contained fish tofu and boxes of pork and pork derived products.
A warrant of seizure and detention was issued against the subject shipment for violation of Section 1113 (f) of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, in relation to the Department of Agriculture/ Office of the Secretary Memorandum Nos. 23 and 26, prohibiting the entry of Pork and other similar products from China and other countries affected by African swine fever.