Burgers & Sausages Face Shortage Warns Processed Meat Producers
BURGERS & SAUSAGES – Two of the most in demand meals in the fast food industry may face shortages due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country.
According to the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI), there is a possibility that fast food-chains could stop offering pork-based products. These products include “burger patties, breakfast sausages, and meat-based pizzas”.
PAMPI said that this would happen if the government fails to issue proper guidelines to the LGUs on the transport of these products. They also gave insight on how fast-food chains operate.
They said that supplies of pork based products will decline because fast-food chains only store about two to four weeks of supplies. However, most bans on pork products last up to 90 days or 12 weeks.
In a previous article, Negros Occidental has already banned pork products from Luzon from entering the island. They had even created a task force for the African Swine Fever.
PAMI then said that consumers might not feel the effects right now, but sooner or later, they will. This was according to PAMPI spokesman Rex Aggarrado.
Based on an a report by Philstar, this happened after delivery trucks of fast-food companies in Ilocos were stopped at a checkpoint. According to Aggarado, the drivers presented all necessary documentations.
This included licence to operate by the Bureau of Food and Drugs. Along with this, they have also presented their certificate of product registration and other documents from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).
The trucks were stopped at 11 a.m. and were allowed to enter only after 4 p.m. It was only after the Department of Agriculture (DA) called in that the trucks were allowed to pass.
Aggarado also stated that they were concerned about fast-food chains. He stated that they keep minimal inventories of products on their shelves.
He then said that fast-food chains deliver direct. Afterwards, he sated that LGUs need to understand that most of their production centers are based in Manila and they have rules on how long products could be kept.
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