Based on the document presented, the shipmentcontained imported pork processed in Luzon. Negros Occidental – the country’s number onebackyard swine producer – has banned since Sept. 11 the entry of pork and itsby-products. The 34 packs of siopao, which were shipped viacargo, were part of the 175 kg of various products sent to a food cart operatorin the province. BACOLOD City – Amid the 90-day ban on porkfrom Luzon, the Negros Occidental Provincial African Swine Fever (ASF) TaskForce shipped back to Manila hundreds of kilograms of pork products whicharrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport and Bredco Port. Negros Occidental, which has a P6-billionswine industry, remains ASF-free, but the PVO stressed the need for theprovince to be proactive in protecting its swine production. Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena,co-chair of the Provincial Task Force on ASF, urged Negrenses, especiallytravelers, to cooperate and report the possible entry of pork products fromLuzon.(With a report from PNA/PN) Task force personnel, including staff of theProvincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Bureau of Animal Industry, and PhilippineCoast Guard, intensified monitoring of the arrival of food product shipments toensure that the ban is enforced. The task force on Thursday posted on itsFacebook page photos of “misdeclared” items including pork products thatarrived at the airport. Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of the PVO Animal Healthand Meat Inspection Services Division, said they can ship back the bannedproducts if the consignee decides not to dispose of the shipment after itsarrival. A member of the Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force prepares to ship back pork products from Luzon that arrived at the Bacolod Bredco Port on Sept. 25. The day before, the team also seized about 777kg of pork products, such as chorizo, tocino, ham, bacon, sausages, pork liver,and pork leg – which was manufactured by MKKS Food Industry in Cainta, Rizal –at the seaport in the Bacolod Reclamation Area. The shipment was immediatelyreturned to its port of origin. Last Saturday, the task force seized at least27 kg of pork “asado” siopao from Luzon.