DTI enjoins processed pork products sellers to comply with ASF Ordinance

SAN JOSE, Antique, April 14 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) enjoins sellers of processed pork products to comply with the provisions of Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-242 or the African Swine Fever (ASF) Prevention Ordinance.

 Engr. Lynna Joy B. Cardinal, DTI-Antique Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist, in an interview, said that the cooperation and compliance of all concerned  sellers will greatly help the swine industry in Antique and Panay island, in general, to remain ASF-free. 

In a separate interview, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Florencio Macuja said that the ASF, which has affected a lot of provinces in Luzon and
some areas in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas, is a disease affecting the swine/pigs with a high mortality rate.

 Though it has no human transmission but people can be the carrier of the disease because it spreads through the transport and consumption
of contaminated food products.

 It can also spread by feeding waste food to domestic pigs, thus, swill feeding is not recommended.

 On the part of DTI, they are conducting regular weekly monitoring of pork processed products and products containing pork in business  establishments to ensure that no products coming from affected areas are sold in the market.

 Cardinal emphasized that Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-242 prohibits the selling of pork processed products and products containing pork if
the sources of the food items are from areas affected by ASF.

 She also reminded the online sellers that said food items should only come from Panay Island or from areas that are ASF-free.

 DTI likewise called the attention of those who are not putting labels to their products that mislabeling and failure to put proper labels in their products will have corresponding sanctions as spelled out under the Consumer Act of the Philippines,

 Cardinal also said that the ASF task Force in the province is conducting checkpoints in provincial borders to ensure the compliance of those engaged in selling pork and pork products.

She reminded everyone that any unscrupulous act or violation to Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-242 could damage the swine industry in the province where many backyard swine raisers depend on their sources of income to sustain their families, thus, everyone is urged to cooperate to maintain the status of the province as ASF-free.

 Meanwhile, DTI also cited the strong support of the Provincial Government through the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, the local association of the swine farmers, local government units, and national government agencies to the implementation of the African Swine Fever (ASF)  Prevention Ordinance. (JBG/psm/PIA-Antique)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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