Amid concerns about African Swine Fever (ASF), various agricultural products brought by passengers coming from banned and “high-risk” countries were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) recently at the Davao International Airport.
In a bid to prevent the entry of the highly-contagious hog disease which could greatly affect the Philippine swine industry, government is implementing strict precautionary measures including confiscation of products brought from other countries.
According to the Bureau of Customs, items seized include oranges, chili, spring onions, onions, ponkan and parsley; meat products such as frozen pecking duck, chicken, pork, beef and processed meat brought from China, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
“Despite the passengers’ failure to declare their parcels, Customs agents were able to identify the mis-declared items through x-ray,” the BoC stated.
The confiscated items were then referred to the officers of the Bureau of Quarantine for inspection.
Meanwhile, meat products from countries affected by the ASF were also confiscated for proper disposal.
“The rest of the agricultural products did not have proper Sanitary & Phytosanitary Import Clearance as proof that the confiscated items do not carry diseases that can harm the public,” the report stated.