Hundreds Of Siomai In Albay Town Seized For Possible ASF
HUNDREDS OF SIOMAI IN ALBAY TOWN SEIZED – The African Swine Fever had previously hit the Philippines last year causing a massive blow in the livestock industry.
However, as the months passed, it seemed like the country was finally recovering from the outbreak. This could be credited to the quick response made by several AFS task forces across the country.
But, even with the stricter policies with regards to pork products, there are still cases of AFS present in the country.
According to a report from Inquirer, at least 400 pieces of pork siomai was suspected to be infected with ASF. In addition, the virus was intercepted at a checkpoint in Polangui town, Abay.
Following this, Bicol police spokesperson Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib said that the AFS task force shutdown a Hino closed van. The inside of the vehicle was filled with undocumented processed meat.
As per the report, the van was intercepted in Barangay Matacon at 7:15 a.m. Additionally, the meat products were reported to be from Bulacan, a previously ASF-hit province.
According to Calubaquib, the van driver failed to show the necessary documents such as shipping and veterinary health permits. This prompted the task force to confiscate the unlabeled meat products.
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