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DA lifts import ban on cured pork products from Italy

Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo PanganibanAgriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban 

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) lifted the importation ban on cured pork meat products and animal proteins from Italy after it restricted the entry of live swine and their products on Jan. 31, 2022, due to outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the said country.

Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban signed Memorandum Circular 46 dated Dec. 28, 2022, authorizing the resumption in the importation of cured pork meat products from Italy.

“Based on the Import Risk Assessment conducted and completed by the Department of Agriculture on Nov. 8, 2022, the overall estimated risk of ASF introduction through cured meat is low in products such as dry-cured hams. The risk of the ASF virus via export of meat from Italy following the recommended physical parameters. In accordance with the OIE (Office International des Epizooties) Code and Annex VII to EU (European Union) Regulation 687/2020, is negligible, while exposure is estimated to be low,” Panganiban said.

He added that an official letter dated Oct. 14, 2022, was received by the Philippines from the Italian authority to consider the possibility of a reversal of the ban as the latter cited relevant scientific literature attesting that the ASF virus is deactivated by the process used to produce cured meats.

He also issued Memorandum Circular 47, lifting the temporary ban on the importation of processed animal protein (PAP) from Italy provided that the porcine PAPs have been processed in a facility approved for export purposes and the necessary precautions were taken to avoid contact of the product with any source1s of the ASF virus.

“Only processed animal proteins from by-products of animals fit for human consumption category 3 materials following article 10 EO control regulation and process in accordance with WOAH (World Organization for Animal Health), Codex, and/ or other international acceptable standards shall be exported to the Philippines,” Panganiban added.

PAP is an essential ingredient produced from category 3 material that provides a local source1 of proteins for animal feeds.

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