The Chinese ban on the import of pork from the Philippines should not cause too much concern since the exportation of pork has been suspended for some time already, said the Malacañang (Presidential Palace), and reported by the Philippine Star.

China banned the importation of pork products after pigs infected with the Ebola-reston virus were discovered in Luzon.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Anthony Golez stated in the newspaper that the Philippine government implemented a self-imposed ban on pork exports in December when the first case of the Ebola-reston found in pigs was reported.

"We acted swiftly. So even before these countries announced the ban, we already did it," Golez said.