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Pork Products Pulled Out From La Castellana Establisment

LA CASTELLANA – Several boxes of pork goods were pulled out from a commercial establishment in La Casetellana, Negros Occidental.

NEGROS. Members of the Provincial ASF Task Force instruct personnel of a commercial establishment in La Castellana to pull out canned goods sourced from ASF-affected areas during their inspection on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. (Contributed photo) | Image from: SunStar

The commercial establishment in the said town violated the provincial ordinance which permanently bans the entry of entry of pork and other pork products from Luzon and other areas which are affected by the dread African Swine Flu (ASF).

According to SunStar, head of Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) Dr. Ryan Janoya said that the members of the Provincial ASF Task Force removed products like pork and beans and meat loaf, among others from the shelves in an inspection on January 8, Wednesday.

The said pork products originated from Luzon-based manufacturers and will be recalled by the establishment to its distributors.

“Aside from entry, the provisions of the provincial ordinance included permanently banning the sale, distribution, transportation and storage of pork and other pork products coming from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas,”

Based on the report, on November 26, 2019, the provincial Government officials signed Provincial Ordinance 2019-024 which is also known as the ASF Prevention Ordinance of Negros Occidental.

The ordinance provides continuous inspection and confiscation of pork products from ASF-affected areas that will be cut off among ports.

The ban was among the measures to secure the safety of the swine industry in the province, which is said to be one of the top producers of swine in the country.

It covers live pigs, pork, pork products and by-products from Luzon, regardless of how fresh, processed or canned it is, that might have the ASF virus.

Violators may face penalties ranging from ₱1,000 to ₱5,000 and an imprisonment of one year depending on the gravity of the offense.

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