By Ariel Fernandez
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has installed bigger and longer “foot bath” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals, especially at Terminal 3, as it intensified monitoring of meat products to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).
BAI, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and the Burea of Customs (BOC) are implementing strict monitoring of all processed or unprocessed meat after several pigs died in the Province of Rizal recently on suspicion of ASF infection.
The agencies concerned are now strictly implementing the “NO MEAT” policy in all terminals, leading to the confiscation of all kinds of animal meat, fresh or frozen and even canned meat, to protect the country from the animal virus.
BAI and BOC have confiscated thousands of kilos of animal meat brought in by passengers from ASF-affected countries.
The MIAA, through the BAI and BOC, will continue to monitor all incoming passengers for meat products and will continue pouring preventive chemicals to the Footbath.