… The group said the ASF scare is “killing the Philippine swine industry”…
‘Meat firms downsizing due to ban on pork products’
By Jovee Marie de la Cruz, Business Mirror (Philippines)
November 1, 2019
THE ban or restrictions on the sale and distribution of processed pork products is forcing some meat processing companies to downsize operations and lay off workers, the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) said on Thursday.
Pampi made the statement after Laguna banned all pork products due to the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The group noted that Laguna is the 65th province to impose what it described as an arbitrary ban.
With this, Pampi urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to disclose how the ASF virus spread from a piggery in Montalban, Rizal.
Pampi President Felix O. Tiukinhoy said member-companies are being forced to draw contingency measures to stay in business.
“These measures include downsizing operations and sending workers on a furlough or permanent layoff,” he said.
The group said only the provinces in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) did not impose the ban as most of the residents there don’t eat pork.
In imposing such bans on processed pork products, local government units (LGUs) ignored scientific evidence that processed products which are cooked at high temperatures are incapable of spreading the ASF virus, Pampi said.
The group said the ASF scare is “killing the Philippine swine industry” which had a population of 12.78 million heads as of July 2018. The Philippines is the world’s eighth- largest pork producer...