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·         Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

 

·         Confiscated pork products in Mindoro, Manila Port tested positive of ASF virus

… The pork products confiscated at the Manila Port came from China…

 

 

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

 

Ralf Rivas, Rappler (Philippines)

November 04, 2019

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) pointed to smuggled pork from China as the culprit behind the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the Philippines.

 

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a press briefing on Monday, November 4, that illegal shipments seized by authorities at the Port of Manila last October were a clear indication that the virus originated from China.

 

Last month, shipments from China were declared as tomato paste and vermicelli, but were later discovered to be pork upon physical inspection. Tests then confirmed that the meat was positive for ASF.

 

Dar went on to say that these products were likely dumped in Rodriguez, Rizal, where local hog raisers fed the infected meat to pigs.

 

China's swine herd is down by about 40%, and the shortage has caused prices to soar.

 

The shortage is being exacerbated by stuttering imports from the United States due to the lingering trade war.

 

A Rabobank report warned...

 

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Confiscated pork products in Mindoro, Manila Port tested positive of ASF virus

 

Maris Federez, UNTV News

via Yahoo News - 4 November 2019

 

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed that the recently confiscated pork products in Mindoro and at the Manila Port had yielded positive of African Swine Fever.

 

The pork products confiscated at the Manila Port came from China.

 

The DA, on the other hand, is now conducting an investigation on the origin of the pork meats that Mekeni Food Corporation used in their production of the skinless longganisa and picnic hotdog.

 

Per record, the products were among those confiscated in Calapan Port in Mindoro on October 6, along with several unbranded products.

 

The two tests conducted by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) yielded positive of ASF.

 

“Kahit lutuin siya, kahit maiprocess siya, kapag tinest kung may ASF to begin with yung karne, makikita pa rin yung fragments,” said Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officer-in-charge and DOH Usec. Eric Domingo.

 

The two government agencies have directed the management of Mekeni Food Corporation to explain the presence of ASF in their products.

 

“If we see some wrongdoing then they would have an administrative case the FDA including possible revocation of course of their license to operate,” Domingo said.

 

In a statement, Mekeni Foods ensured that it will cooperate with the government in its investigation as to where the virus has originated.

 

The company voluntarily recalled its products from the market last October 26 and stopped the operation of its plant where the items were produced.

 

The FDA and DA, on their part, have inspected 63 of the 178 processed meat manufacturing plants in the country.

 

The two agencies said these plants were found negative of ASF and are following the standards set by the government.

 

The DA is now drafting a national zoning plan to curb the spread of ASF in the country.

 

Visayas and Mindanao, along with MIMAROPA and Masbate will be declared...

 

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