The Philippine government has imposed a temporary ban against the importation of live swine amongst other ruminants from Lebanon and Taiwan following outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in those locations.
Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap said the ban was imposed to protect the local livestock industry. The ban was issued shortly after the World Animal Health Organization had validated the disease outbreaks in the swine farms in Taiwan and dairy cattle farms in Lebanon.
Yap said that he has directed officers and inspectors to suspend the processing of all quarantine certificates of live animals to be imported from Taiwan and Lebanon. He also ordered to confiscate all such commodities and by-products originating from these two places.