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·         Pork-sniffing dog: Coast Guard Central Visayas to deploy 'Poochi' vs African swine fever 

·         1,191 ASF-infected pigs culled in 2 Bulacan towns

·         Retailers, producers see losses amid ASF scare, pork ban



Pork-sniffing dog: Coast Guard Central Visayas to deploy 'Poochi' vs African swine fever


Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News (Philippines) 

Oct 03 2019


The Philippine Coast Guard's latest line of defense against hog disease: a dog who could smell pork trouble.


The PCG Central Visayas is set to soon deploy its pork-sniffing dog in ports across Region 7 in a bid to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).


PCG-7 Spokesperson Lt. Junior Grade Michael John Encina said this was the coast guard's step in response to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's order banning the entry of pork products from Luzon, where ASF has infected hogs in several areas.


“The dog will be sent to the different seaports for random inspection,” Encina said.


The dog named “Poochi” is an 18-month-old Golden Retriever donated to the PCG and trained as a dog who could detect illegal drugs.


Given the new challenge ASF poses, Encina said Poochi was then trained to detect pig blood.


His handler Kristofferson Bitoy said the canine wasn’t hard to train since it has been tamed to undergo exercises.


It took over a month for Poochi to get used to the smell of pork through random demonstration.


Encina said the PCG is willing to train more dogs for pig blood detection as one dog is not enough to search all seaports in the region.


A ban on pork products from Luzon is in effect in Cebu. Visayas and Mindanao are known to remain free from the disease.


Stringent measures have been set-up in various entry points in the region...





1,191 ASF-infected pigs culled in 2 Bulacan towns


By Manny Balbin, Philippine News Agency (Republic of the Philippines News Agency)

October 3, 2019


PANDI, Bulacan-- A total of 1,191 heads of swine from piggery farms in Pandi and Pulilan towns in this province have been culled after being found positive of the African swine fever (ASF) virus.


Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque said on Thursday that a total of 191 hogs were culled at the Corpus Farm in their town's Barangay Baka-bakahan.


He said that based on the results of the laboratory analysis taken by the Department of Agriculture on Sept. 20 and Sept. 24 on the blood samples of livestock at the farm owned by May Gonzalez, the swine were found to be afflicted with ASF, which prompted the depopulation.


Elsie Angeles, acting municipal agriculture officer of Pandi, said the culling of pigs at Corpus Farm started on September 27 and was abruptly stopped last Monday (Sept. 30) when Gonzalez appeared in a television news program and denied that their livestock tested positive for ASF.


Angeles also denied Gonzalez’s claim that their swine were culled by crushing with a backhoe.


“The culled animals were electrocuted and not crushed by a backhoe before being thrown in a pit. Initially, a total of 114 swine were culled followed by 77 heads before the culling was stopped on the 200-sow level farm of Gonzalez and her associates,” she said...





Retailers, producers see losses amid ASF scare, pork ban


Sunstar (Philippines) 

via Yahoo News - 3 October 2019


THE Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) - Cebu Chapter saw a drop in sales on both raw and canned pork items sold in supermarkets following the 100-day temporary ban on the entry to Cebu of live hogs, pork-related products and byproducts from Luzon.


Robert Go, spokesperson of the PRA Cebu, told SunStar Cebu that Luzon manufactured canned pork goods are struggling even if these brands have already established good market following.


Go said stocks of canned pork items were already taken out of the market shelves. He said they expect drop in sales across all segments even the premium ones. Go added even gift baskets for Christmas will not be spared.


Go, who owns the Prince Warehouse chain, has yet to determine how the ban would impact retail sales. They have also yet to monitor how the local brands are faring amid the African swine fever scare.


Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia issued the temporary ban on Sept. 18, 2019.


The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) lamented the drop in the sales of pork products of their Manila-based members.


“We are still in limbo. Our members cannot still ship their goods,” said Pampi president Felix Tiukinhoy Jr...