Philippines Bans Pig Imports From Laos Due To Swine Fever: WTO
The Philippines has banned imports of pigs and pig products from Laos due to an African swine fever outbreak, it said in a filing published by the World Trade Organisation on Tuesday.
The Philippines' move follows similar steps by China and Thailand, following an outbreak in Laos' southern province of Saravane.
Swine Fever Outbreak
The disease, which is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans, has spread rapidly across China since last August and also spread this year in Vietnam.
China has reported 137 outbreaks so far, but more are going unreported.
As many as half of China's breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of it, twice as many as officially acknowledged, according to the estimates of four people who supply large farms.