In coordination with national government agencies, the local government here is closely watching the threat of African swine fever (ASF).
Dr. Mario Arriola, chief of the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet), said Tuesday they are closely monitoring entry points and markets to prevent the entry of contaminated meat in this city.
Arriola said a task force dubbed “Task Force Karne” will be convened on Thursday, June 13, and will carry out strike operations.
“We intend to visit all supermarkets and outlets selling imported meats,” Arriola said.
He noted that to date, the Department of Agriculture (DA), together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has issued bans against 17 countries that have reported ASF.
These are Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, Zambia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Latvia, Poland, Romania, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, & North Korea.
Arriola said the local government is also closely working with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to monitor vessels coming in from affected countries to ensure that no refuse or waste will be disposed or dumped in this city’s waters as they may contain strains of the ASF.
He assured the public that the ASF does not affect human beings, but caution is still of great importance and strongly urged as the disease is devastating to the hog industry.
The ASF is a highly-contagious hemorrhagic disease of domestic and wild pigs with a 100 percent mortality rate for affected hogs. (PNA)
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