Consumers advised to look for NMIS seal before buying pork meat
UNTV News • September 12, 2019 • 931
MANILA, Philippines – The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) advises consumers to make sure that the pork meat they are buying has passed the agency’s safety inspection.
This goes with processed or pork-based products that are made available in local markets.
The NMIS said, whether the pork comes from commercial or backyard farms, the process of inspection remain the same before the pigs are slaughtered and sold to the public.
Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses without veterinary health certificate and shipping permit.
The animal will have to be checked first if it is healthy and free of abnormalities before it is slaughtered.
After the pig is slaughtered, its meat or pork will also be checked before they are sent out to public markets.
“Hindi po kinakatay sa mga katayan ang mga baboy na walang tamang dokumento, (Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses unless they have proper documents),” said NMIS Executive Director Reildrin Morales.
The NMIS said consumers should see the agency’s seal at market stalls and on the pork meat itself as proof of safety.
“Huwag po tayong bibili sa kung saan-saan lang kasi doon po ang nagiging problema, (Do not buy [pork] from just anywhere because that’s where the problem begins),” Morales said.
“So meron pong by visual makikita po natin ang stalls pa lang dapat dini-display na ang NMIS certificate nila (Stores should put on display their NMIS certificate as a visual indicator),” he added.
The agency also do not allow backyard raisers to slaughter their animals on their own at home.
Pigs should be transported and slaughtered at accredited slaughterhouses, the agency said.
“Hindi po dapat nagkakatay doon sa backyard slaughtering (Refrain from backyard slaughtering),” Morales called on hog raisers.
“Kasi iyan din po kasi ang magiging problema natin doon sa monitoring, (Because that would cause problem in monitoring),” he added.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is in need of 46 livestock inspectors as part of its program of preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).
These livestock inspectors will be deployed at disease investigation units, surveillance, animal checkpoints, quarantine stations and documentation among other units within the agency. — MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — Meat traders in the Balintawak market are complaining of slow sales amid strict quarantine measures imposed in public markets due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Vendor Cindy Baligao said the price of pork meat has increased by P40 to P50 per kilogram and P20 per kilogram for chicken.
She said the huge increase in prices makes it difficult to sell their products at a price acceptable to customers.
“Hindi namin maidispose ng maayos yung presyuhan kasi sobrang taas na, [We cannot properly dispose of the products because of the very high price],” Cindy said.
But according to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), there is no shortage in the supply of pork and chicken.
BAI Officer-In-Charge Ronnie Domingo said traders may have been compelled to add the cost of transport to the market price of pork because they source them from areas not affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
“Kapag nag-byahe iyan, iyong gastos niya sa freight, sa transport, idadagdag niya yan sa pagbebenta nya nung retail ng karne. Kaya siguro nararanasan nila ang pagtaas ng presyo ng baboy sa lugar na iyon [During transport, the traders will pay for the freight charges, transport charges which they will add on the retail price of meat. That’s probably the reason for the increase],” Domingo said.
On a positive note, Domingo said, the ASF cases in the country dropped by 10% in April and May when community quarantine orders were implemented.
This development was due to the strict protocols at checkpoints placed in borders by the local government units (LGU).
“Dahil na-control mo ang pag-galaw ay mako-control mo din yung pagkalat ng sakit [By controlling the movement you were able to control the spread of disease],” Domingo said.
“Sa Luzon naman, napansin natin overall ay pagpasok na nung ECQ ay bumaba na may drastic decrease nung mga reports na meron daw silang mga ASF cases [In Luzon, there was a drastic decrease in reports of ASF cases while the ECQ was in effect],” he added.
Meanwhile, BAI has changed its protocol in culling ASF-infected pigs.
Instead of culling all pigs within the one-kilometer radius, the agency limited the culling only in the main area where the infected pigs are.
Pigs in nearby areas from the infected site will only be placed under observation.
As for the supply of chicken, the country’s supply is still enough at 200 per day until the end of the year.
Overall, around 291,000 pigs or only about two percent of the country’s overall supply of swine or pig livestock were culled due to ASF. —MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will grant regulatory relief to banks and quasi banks (QBs) that sustained losses due to their clients being affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“We believe that the grant of regulatory and rediscounting relief measures is also applicable to financial institutions whose clients have suffered from adverse effects of these crises,” BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said.
The temporary regulatory relief includes grace periods for rediscounting loans, staggered booking of allowance for credit losses, non-imposition of penalties on legal reserve deficiencies, and non-recognition of certain defaulted accounts as past due.
Diokno said the BSP recognizes the potentially crippling impact of the said events on key industries, which include the tourism industry.
“The BSP’s initial assessment points to a potential dampening impact on the Philippine economy in the near term mainly through disruptions to tourism and associated services,” he said.
The House of Representatives is already tackling the issue on how to compensate for the tourism losses due to the implemented travel ban prompted by the COVID-19 threat.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) expressed concern that African Swine Fever (ASF) has already reached even remote barangays in the country.
BAI suspects that the ASF virus that reached Davao Occidental may have been brought through “pasalubongs” of food gifts in the form of processed pork or pork dishes prepared during the holidays last December.
Likewise, food leftovers or swills from these gatherings may have been contaminated by ASF.
“Kasama sa mga pasalubong na iyan mga processed na karne na maaring nanggaling doon sa lugar na may African Swine Fever (Among these food gifts may have been processed meat from areas infected by African Swine Fever),” Domingo said.
“Siguro iyong mga tira-tirang pagkain ay naipakain sa mga alagang baboy. After several weeks lumitaw na iyong sakit sa mga lugar na hindi natin inaasahan (Leftover foods may have been fed to pigs. After several weeks, the virus emerged in areas we did not expect to be infected),” he added.
Domingo said it would be difficult to detect such food items at checkpoints especially if they were skillfully concealed in bags and containers.
“Ang problema natin kapag ang byahero ay inilagay niya sa personal bag niya na maliit iyong karne o kaya sa private vehicle (One problem is when a traveler places the pork dish inside his or her personal bag inside a private vehicle),” Domingo noted.
“O kaya ang may dala-dala ng paninda, ang bag, hindi naman pinapara iyan sa mga checkpoint (Or the pork meat were concealed inside a bag, they are not flagged down in checkpoints),” he added.
The official calls on the public to ensure that they are purchasing pork meat and pork-based products with certification from proper authorities such as the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
Disinfection efforts, meanwhile, are ongoing on transporting vehicles at BAI checkpoints in the country.
BAI already accounted about 230,000 pigs that were culled and have died due to ASF but only 20% of this was directly infected by ASF. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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