A Department of Health official yesterday clarified that the African swine fever is not a threat to humans but only to pigs.
Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said the African swine flu virus poses no threat to humans.
“Hindi naapektuhan ang tao diyan, walang human threat. Ang threat niyan ay sa mga baboy
“Kalaunan pag pumasok po yang African swine flu virus sa atin, maaapektuhan yung baboy siyempre hindi tayo kakain ng baboy, iiwas tayo sa baboy,” Tayag said.
Tayag said the DoH supports the move of the Department of Agriculture ordering the Food and Drug Administration to stop the issuance of import clearances and order the immediate pull-out from the market of processed pork products from countries that have reported cases of African swine fever.
“Marami sa pamilya ang kumakain ng baboy sa bansa, maaapektuhan ang industriya natin kaya kami sinusuportahan namin ang Department of Agriculture at ang ban sa lahat ng uri po ng produkto, bawal po makapasok sa bansa pag galing po yan sa mga bansang kasalukuyang nagrereport na may African swine fever,” he said.
The FDA earlier expanded the list of countries that are temporarily banned from exporting pork products to the Philippines.
The new FDA advisory bans the importation of pork from Vietnam, Zambia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mongolia, Moldova, and Belgium, expanding a DA memorandum order last September that had banned the importation of pork from ASF-hit countries China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.