Bounty Fresh as­sures its chicken prod­ucts are safe

Business World - - CORPORATE NEWS - Jan­ina C. Lim

BOUNTY FRESH Food, Inc. on Wed­nes­day as­sured the pub­lic its chicken prod­ucts are safe, fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ment’s com­ple­tion of its culling op­er­a­tions to con­tain the avian in­fluenza out­break.

“We at Bounty Fresh, for one, are fo­cused on the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of biose­cu­rity mea­sures in all our fa­cil­i­ties, en­sur­ing that all crit­i­cal con­trol points in its value chain are cov­ered,” said Vi­cente Manalo, Jr., se­nior vice-president for con­tract grow­ing of Bounty Fresh Food in a statement on Wed­nes­day.

“Also, the level of hy­giene and san­i­ta­tion that we em­ploy in the farms are con­sis­tently above in­dus­try stan­dard. We keep these fa­cil­i­ties iso­lated from other poul­try fa­cil­i­ties and strictly en­force visit/move­ment re­stric­tions,” he added.

Bounty Fresh added that it has ex­panded its lab­o­ra­tory’s ca­pac­ity to ac­tively screen for the dis­ease.

Fol­low­ing the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s an­nounce­ment an out­break of avian in­fluenza in a poul­try farm in San Luis, Pam­panga — the first in the coun­try for decades — farm prod­uct sup­pli­ers and restau­rant op­er­a­tors since scram­bled to re­as­sure the pub­lic that their prod­ucts re­main free from the dis­ease. —

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