DA intercepts smuggled pork from China

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — The Department of Agriculture has intercepted an attempt to smuggle pork products from China.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Tuesday announced that on May 29, quarantine officers in Subic seized a refrigerated container from China declared as fish tofu.

However, upon closer inspection, packs and boxes of meatballs were hidden behind the boxes of fish tofu.

The DA will file charges against the importer for violation of the Food Security Act.

China is one of the countries severely affected by African Swine Fever, a contagious virus that is deadly to pigs, but harmless to humans.

READ: Fever could kill a third of China's pigs. That's almost as many as live in the U.S. and Europe combined 

To prevent entry of the disease into the Philippines, the DA has banned the entry of pork and pork products from China, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Zambia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, China, Vietnam and Mongolia.

The Food and Drug Administration also ordered the pull out from sale of processed pork from the above-mentioned countries.

READ: FDA orders recall of processed pork from African Swine Fever-affected countries 

People who bring potentially infected pork back from countries with African Swine Fever can face a fine of ₱200,000.