Firm assures chicken safe for consumption
THE Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has officially completed the culling of infected chickens and other fowls in San Luis, Pampanga where the avian flu outbreak was first detected. Also, government veterinarians will soon finish work on culling birds in San Isidro and Jaen in Nueva Ecija as well.
As this developed, Bounty Fresh, the leading poultry producer in the country, assured that its chickens have no contact with the outside environment and are kept away from possible sources of infections like wild birds.
Bounty Fresh has exponentially increased its diagnostic laboratory capacity to actively screen for the disease to ensure it is not present in their flock.
“This is where government and private sector can work hand-in-hand in informing and educating the public about the current situation. We at Bounty Fresh, for one, are focused on the strict implementation of bio-security measures in all our facilities, ensuring that all critical control points in its value chain are covered," said Dr. Vicente Manalo, Jr., SVP for Contract Growing of Bounty Fresh Food. Inc.
He also assured that the level of hygiene and sanitation that Bounty Fresh employs in the farms are consistently above industry standard.
He also maintained all their chickens are safe to eat as long as it is properly cooked, and absolutely no meat remains raw and red, as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH).