San Miguel says firm's food products unaffected by swine fever

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 05:32 PM

MANILA - San Miguel Corp's food unit said on Tuesday that its products are unaffected by African swine fever and safe to consume, amid reports that some provinces are banning entry of pork products amid fears the disease could spread to their areas.

In a statement, San Miguel Foods said it "follows the strictest animal health and biosecurity protocols" and so its products should remain available nationwide.

The company said it issued the statement amid reports that several provinces have started issuing total bans on the entry of live pigs and processed pork products from various parts of Luzon.

San Miguel, which sells under the Purefoods and Monterey brands, said its pork products come from company-controlled facilities that are carefully monitored.

"Regular surveillance for diseases through laboratory testing of blood and tissue samples are done to detect any incidence of disease and develop prevention and control measures before each instance develops into an outbreak situation," the company said.

San Miguel said it has tested its farms all over the country and the results were negative for African swine fever.

The Department of Agriculture said it has already contained an outbreak of African swine fever in parts of Rizal and Bulacan provinces.

The disease causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhaging and death among domestic and wild pigs, but does not pose a health risk to humans.

The Philippines currently has 12 million hogs in its inventory and the industry is worth roughly P260 billion.