Task Force in­ter­cepts un­doc­u­mented pork at BREDCO Port


AMIDST fears of African Swine Fever, the Pro­vin­cial Task Force against ASF tem­po­rar­ily bans the en­try into the province of pork and processed and man­u­fac­tured pork prod­ucts from Lu­zon for a pe­riod of 90 days.

The res­o­lu­tion was passed by the Pro­vin­cial Task Force on ASF which is chaired by Gover­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son af­ter the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture con­firmed that there is in­deed ASF in the coun­try that has al­ready at­tacked swine in Rizal Province.

The res­o­lu­tion states the need to pro­tect the swine in­dus­try of the province that’s why the tem­po­rary ban was de­clared.

The res­o­lu­tion was passed as Lac­son to­gether with the mem­bers of the African Swine Fever (ASF) Pro­vin­cial Task Force per­son­ally checked the in­ter­cepted un­doc­u­mented (il­le­gal) ship­ment of around three tons of pork prod­ucts from Ger­many at BREDCO Port in Ba­colod City.

Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena, also the co-chair of the task force, said the in­ter­cepted three tons of pork prod­ucts in­clude me­chan­i­cally deboned meat.

De­cena said the pork prod­ucts worth about P500,000 were trans­ported from Cebu and supposed to be shipped to Iloilo via Bredco Port at the recla­ma­tion area in the city.

“These are un­doc­u­mented prod­ucts so it will be con­fis­cated and de

stroyed by bury­ing the items two me­ters deep,” he added.

The Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVO) has con­tacted the con­signee of the prod­ucts, which are found to be used as in­gre­di­ents for chorizo, but the lat­ter said “they for­got to process the nec­es­sary per­mits and other doc­u­ments.”

Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of An­i­mal Health and Meat In­spec­tion Ser­vices Di­vi­sion of the PVO, said though Ger­many was not re­port­edly in­fected by ASF virus, pork prod­ucts from there are banned in the coun­try.

“Ger­many is sit­u­ated near Poland, which is said to be Asf-in­fected,” he said, adding that the con­fis­cated prod­ucts will also be burned.

Lac­son signed Res­o­lu­tion No. 19-03 urg­ing ho­tel/re­sort/restau­rant op­er­a­tors/own­ers in the province to re­frain from dis­pos­ing food wastes/left­overs that are used for swill feed­ing.

Lac­son has been urg­ing Ne­grenses to buy pork within the province and asked their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies who are com­ing in to re­frain from bring­ing pork and processed pork prod­ucts from other prov­inces to avoid con­tam­i­na­tion of swine in the province.

Mean­while the Ba­colod City Health Of­fice (CHO) urged the Task Force Bo­tagoy to in­ten­sify their op­er­a­tion against hot meat in var­i­ous pub­lic mar­kets in the city.

Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO En­vi­ron­ment San­i­ta­tion Di­vi­sion, said yes­ter­day the task force should check the meat dis­played in var­i­ous pub­lic mar­kets.

“The pub­lic is not en­cour­aged to buy any­thing that is not slaugh­tered in the city’s slaugh­ter­house,” she said.

On Tues­day, about 27 kilos of hot meat were seized by Task Force Bo­tagoy in Burgos Pub­lic Mar­ket.

Tan said the meat should un­dergo in­spec­tion at the city’s AVM Bernardo slaugh­ter­house in Barangay Han­du­manan.

“The meat with no cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the city’s slaugh­ter­house will be con­sid­ered hot meat and it’s not safe for con­sump­tion be­cause it did not pass on in­spec­tion,” she said.

She added the con­sumers should check the meat in­spec­tion cer­tifi­cate be­fore buy­ing the prod­uct to en­sure that it is safe for con­sump­tion.*

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