Aurora bans entry of pork products

BALER, Aurora — In order to deter the entry of the African swine fever (ASF) in the province, Aurora Governor Christian Noveras ordered the temporary ban on the entry of pork products in the province.

Noveras said that his executive order will take effect on 30 August and are imposed only in nearby areas such as Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac until 30 September.

“Aurora province is currently undergoing recovery back from the effect of ASF and is now classified under yellow category based on the National Zoning and Movement Plan,” Noveras said.

The official explained that the three aforementioned provinces were among the areas with active ASF cases or classified under the red zone as reported to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry from 16 July to 4 August.

He added that these four zones, depending on the area’s ASF status, were red (infected zone), yellow (surveillance zone), pink (buffer zone), and light green (protected zone).

Noveras said that in order to effectively implement the ban, all municipal governments in the province are to strengthen their monitoring of the selling of pork and frozen pork products in various markets and other establishments within their territorial jurisdiction.

In order to strengthen biosecurity, he said all hog farmers and operators of slaughterhouses are enjoined to practice maximum biosecurity and high standards of hygiene and sanitation.

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