November 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment


NO AFRICAN SWINE FEVER – FREE CERTIFICATION

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- About 10,000 kilograms of frozen and processed meat were again blocked entry at the Carmen East Quarantine Office here last November 7.

The processed meat composed of bacon, siomai, hotdog and ham came from Bulacan and were barred from entering the province because of the total ban on live hogs, pork either frozen or processed as contained in the executive order issued by Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III.

The said checkpoint is being manned by the composite team of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag), Abono Partylist, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVet).

 Sinag Chair Rosendo So said the shipment has permits from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) but has certification that it was  free from African Swine Fever.

 “ We have to be vigilant in protecting our hog industry in Pangasinan. We don’t want to repeat what has happened in Mapandan and Bayambang towns where ASF entered through unscrupulous businessmen,” So said.

 It can be recalled that 15,000 kilos of frozen and processed pork were denied entry at the same checkpoint  in the evening of October 31  after the van owner failed to show permits and ASF test documents.

The frozen and processed meat based on their documents came from Netherlands, USA, Holland, Germany and Denmark.

According to Leo Navarro, a staff of OPVet assigned at the checkpoint, more than 300 vans carrying frozen and processed meat products have already  been flagged down at the checkpoint..

“ Most of the frozen and processed meat products are chicken. We are very particular with frozen and processed pork that may be infected by ASF. We denied entry of these pork products, which were to be delivered to Baguio City and other provinces of Region I,” Navarro said.

He said that there were instances that vans containing frozen and processed meat have been padlocked and sealed that could be opened only by the consignee.

“We have to check all the documents if they are in order,” he said.

Meanwhile, ten local government units (LGUs) in Pangasinan have already issued orders on total ban on entry of live hogs, pork -frozen or processed in their areas either through Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod resolutions or executive orders by the local chief executives.

These are: Sison, Pozorrubio, Binalonan, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Rosales, Asingan, Mapandan and Bayambang.

 

Entry filed under: News.

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