Agri dept checking source of swine-fever contaminated meat

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Posted at Oct 28 2019 09:59 AM | Updated as of Oct 28 2019 10:15 AM

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MANILA – The Bureau of Animal Industry is still testing whether the processed meat product that tested positive with African Swine Fever is home-made or branded, an Agriculture official said Monday. 

The origin of the contaminated product is still being identified since the passenger brought both branded and home-made hotdog, tocino and longganisa to the Calapan Port in Occidental Mindoro last Oct. 6, Department of Agriculture Asec. Noel Reyes told DZMM. 

Test results are expected to be released within the week, he said.

“Hindi malaman kung 'yun ba ay galing sa home-made or sa branded so inaalam 'yan. Nasa plastic [yung branded] hindi natin masasabi. Madali naman magkahawa hawa," Reyes said. 

(We don't know if its from the home-made or branded products, we're trying to ascertain that. Branded ones are packed in plastic. ASF can easily contaminate products.)

The Agriculture department refused to name the branded meat processing company pending the test results, Reyes said. 

Mekeni Food Corp on Saturday ordered a recall of all its pork products. It also submitted samples to the Bureau of Animal Industry for testing. 

“Kaya nga hindi namin pinapangalanan noon pa man nung lumabas ito kasi unfair din naman doon sa may ari ng ano. Just the same, lumabas na yan sa social media at yung may ari na mismo ang nagsabi na sila nga 'yon at in fact, nirerecall na nila, pinupullout na nila yung products nila,” Reyes said.

(That's why we did not name the brand because it's unfair to the owners. Just the same, it went viral on social media and the owners themselves recalled their products)

Reyes said the incident was a “wake up call” to get processed meat, especially home-made products, tested for food safety compliance.

Purefoods-Hormel's pork products, meanwhile, are free from African swine fever and are safe to eat, San Miguel Foods earlier said.