MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) maintains that pork items in local markets are still safe for consumption despite reports of sudden pig deaths in some areas in the country.
“We assure the public that the meat in the market today is safe (because) it’s sourced from areas (that) are not infected,” assured Noel Reyes, spokesperson of Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
The Department has already imposed a major disease protocol in the areas of concern though the DA has not yet named where the specific locations are and what have caused the pigs death.
In accordance with the protocol, all pigs within the 1 kilometer radius have already been culled while those within the 7 kilometer radius have been placed under control where entry and exit of pigs are prohibited.
Meanwhile, pig handlers within the 10 kilometer radius from the infected site are obliged to report immediately if there is pig mortality in their area.
Reyes said the DA suspected that the reported deaths of pigs could have been caused by ‘swill’ or food leftovers that’s why the DA advised all hog raisers to refrain from feeding their pigs with swill.
Reyes noted that hog raisers may have resorted to swill because it is cheaper.
The DA sais it may take up to two weeks to three months before the result of the confirmatory test on the infected pigs’ samples is released to determine what type of pig disease hit them.
The department assured that in the next bulletin, they will include details of assistance that affected hog raisers may avail to cope up with the problem. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – The town of Don Marcelino in Davao Occidental has declared a state of calamity after samples from 1,000 dead pigs yielded positive results for African Swine Fever (ASF).
The Municipal Agriculture Office on Monday confirmed that the town has been placed under a state of calamity on Sunday after authorities found that hundreds of pigs from eight of its villages were infected with ASF.
A memorandum issued by the local government identified these areas as Barangays Lindasan, North Lamidan, South Lamidan, Calian, Mabuhay, Lawa, Nueva Villa and Baluntayan.
In view of this, local authorities have activated the Regional Animal Disease Task Force to contain the swine disease.
Since the town has been placed on lockdown, the moving of hogs in and out of Don Marcelino, as well as selling of pork meat and other processed pork products will also be prohibited.
Quarantine checkpoints at the entry and exit points of the municipality were also ordered established.
Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing on how the swine disease from Luzon reached Davao Occidental. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)
MANILA, Philippines – Authorities announced an import ban on poultry meat coming from Poland based on a memorandum order issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA) dated January 21.
The ban covers the importation of all domesticated and wild birds even eggs and sperm from Polish chickens.
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported an outbreak of bird flu or avian influenza with a subtype of H5N8 in Poland today.
“Gusto natin na ma-maintain natin sa free tayo,” explained BAI Director Ronnie Domingo.
“Ang posible lang na makapasok ay ang migratory birds or ang mga importation natin ng poultry coming from other countries. Kaya pagka ganyan na may report na sa ibang bansa, stop na,” he said.
BAI also noted an outbreak of bird flu from April to September 2017 in several municipalities in Central Luzon which impacted several farms in the region.
Thousands of fowls were culled to curb the spread of the disease.
But Domingo clarified that since the mid of 2018, the Philippines reported it has controlled the virus and eventually declared the country bird-flu free to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
A total of five countries were recommended to issue an import ban but it was Poland which the DA approved first, Domingo concluded. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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