Customs, animal industry officials dispose of China food products with ASF

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2020 01:22 AM

The customs bureau got rid of various ASF-tainted food such as dumplings, pork-chicken balls and roast chicken wings. Courtesy of Bureau of Customs

MANILA—Authorities disposed of food products from China that tested positive for African swine fever, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Saturday.

Along with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the BOC got rid of various food such as dumplings, pork-chicken balls and roast chicken wings consigned to Dynamic M International Trading Inc. 

The BOC said the shipment of the products arrived at Manila International Container Port on Dec. 11, 2019, before it was seized on Jan. 24. 

The veterinary quarantine services of the BAI found a sample of pork-celery dumpling to be ASF positive, said BOC.

The food items were disposed of through a heat-assisted method called thermolysis, or thermal decomposition, at a facility of Integrated Waste Management in Trece Martires city, Cavite.

The Philippines confirmed its first case of ASF in September 2019, prompting a ban on meat products from countries where the hog disease was first reported. 

The outbreak was first confirmed at hog farms in Luzon, where thousands of pigs have been culled to contain the disease. 

In November, the agriculture department said the local outbreak was caused by smuggled pork products from China. 

Recently, the hog disease was confirmed to have reached Mindanao.