Pub­lic urged to re­port sale of Chi­nese pork prod­ucts

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories -

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Pro­vin­cial Board Mem­ber Manuel Fred­er­ick Ko has urged the res­i­dents of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal to re­port to au­thor­i­ties if they spot any Chi­nese pork prod­ucts that are still be­ing sold in lo­cal mar­kets.

Ko made the ap­peal af­ter the gov­ern­ment or­dered all pork prod­ucts from China to be pulled out from mar­ket shelves across the prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to Ko, their de­ci­sion to pull out the Chi­nese pork prod­ucts from lo­cal mar­kets is only a pre­cau­tion in or­der to pro­tect the prov­ince’s hog in­dus­try.

“We are not sure if the pork prod­ucts brought here have the dis­ease or not, and be­sides, in other coun­tries they have al­ready banned them from be­ing sold,” Ko said.

He also clar­i­fied the cur­rent ban only cov­ers for Chi­nese pork, while other Chi­nese meat prod­ucts can still be safely con­sumed.

Ear­lier on Thurs­day, Pro­vin­cial Ve­teri­nary Of­fice head, Dr. Renante De­cena and Governor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son led the re­moval of Chi­nese pork prod­ucts in ma­jor gro­cery stores in Ba­colod City.

Among the brands or­dered to be re­moved from mar­ket shelves in­clude Nar­cis­sus, Heaven Tem­ple, Ma Ling, Shabu Shabu, Sol Primo, Wang Taste of Korea, High­way, Sky Dragon, and Weilin.

De­cena also as­sured the pub­lic there is no African swine fever in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture has also an­nounced ear­lier that they have recorded sev­eral “sus­pi­cious” deaths of hogs in some ar­eas of the coun­try.

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