Strict mon­i­tor­ing of pork prod­ucts pushed

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

THE Bacolod City Coun­cil is ask­ing the Bureau of Cus­toms-bacolod, Bureau of Quar­an­tineba­colod, Na­tional Meat In­spec­tion Ser­vice, City Vet­eri­nary Of­fice, and City Health Of­fice to strictly mon­i­tor and pre­vent the en­try of im­ported pork and pork prod­ucts from coun­tries af­fected by African swine fever.

The res­o­lu­tion, au­thored by Coun­cilor Bar­tolome Orola, was ap­proved dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion on Wed­nes­day.

Orola, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on mar­kets, said a threat of hog dis­ease called the African swine fever, which has killed mil­lions of pigs all over the world and poses a grave dan­ger to the Philip­pine live­stock in­dus­try, is cur­rently rav­aging Europe and other neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

He said the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture has im­posed strict quar­an­tine pro­to­cols to pre­vent the en­try of pork and pork­based prod­ucts from at least eight coun­tries like Bel­gium, China, Hun­gary, Latvia, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Rus­sia and Ukraine.

“There is a need to tighten con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing in all ports of en­try to our ju­ris­dic­tion to pre­vent any con­tam­i­na­tion or in­fec­tion that would cause havoc in our lo­cal swine in­dus­try and to help main­tain the sta­tus of our coun­try as one of the coun­tries in the world which is from an­i­mal dis­ease,” Orola added.

Orola noted it is the pol­icy of the State to en­sure food se­cu­rity and pro­vide safety and qual­ity stan­dards for cus­tomer prod­ucts re­lated to agri­cul­ture to as­sure the pro­tec­tion of the pub­lic against un­rea­son­able risks of in­jury and haz­ard to health.

Orola said the Ba­colod­non con­sumers are also en­cour­aged to pa­tron­ize lo­cally pro­duced pork and pork prod­ucts over im­ported prod­ucts for health safety pur­poses as well as to uplift the lo­cal hog in­dus­try.*

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