MANILA - Authorities have seized more than 1,000 kilograms of meat without health clearances at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) so far this month amid a crackdown against meat from countries stricken by African swine fever, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) unit at the airport said Saturday.
In a statement, it said customs officials in the airport have confiscated around 1,151 kilograms of meat without sanitary and phytosanitary clearances since the start of the new year.
Prior to this, a total of 5,302 kilograms of meat without clearance from the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) were confiscated by NAIA customs officers from June to December 2018.
The misdeclared meat were turned over to the BAI's Quarantine Division for proper disposal, it added.
The World Organisation for Animal Health defined African swine fever as a "severe viral disease" found in domestic and wild pigs. It has been marked by the group as a sickness responsible for "serious production and economic losses."
The government in September placed a ban on meat imported from countries stricken by African swine fever such as China, Hungary, Belgium, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, and Zambia.
There has been no recorded case of the disease in the country and is not known to infect humans.