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Philippines Disease restrictions

06 April 2009

PHILIPPINES - Enforcement agents of the Bureau of Customs will be on alert against imported cattle and meat products from Taiwan and Lebanon following the reported outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the two countries.

This was stressed by Intelligence and Enforcement Group (IEG) acting chief Jairus Paguntalan who said that it is part of the Bureau’s standard operating procedure to circularize any memorandum from any government agency and issue their own memorandum to alert their personnel, especially if it concerns the health and safety of the Filipino consumers.

Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) OIC at the Port of Manila Johnny Martinez said that even without the ban, they are already very vigilant against the entry of contaminated food products.

"This is a year round activity, we are monitoring all shipments but we are especially wary of the entry of any poultry products contaminated by bird flu and also, for meat—for those contaminated by foot and mouth disease," he said.

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Source: FarmingUK


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