MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte issued an advisory to consumers in Quezon City to help them in buying safe pork meat.
This after the Quezon City government earlier culled 166 pigs to prevent the spread of African swine fever.
Consumers are advised to always look for meat inspection certificates to ensure the meat they are about to buy has been examined by meat inspectors.
They should also look for the stamp from slaughterhouses as proof that the meat is healthy and fit for human consumption.
"As they say, being forewarned is forearmed. Dobleng pag-iingat at pagbabantay ang kailangan upang hindi tayo malusutan ng mga karneng may ASF at hindi malagay sa alanganin ang ating kalusugan," Belmonte said in a statement.
Belmonte, likewise, urged consumers to report outlets selling meat without meat inspection certificates or proof from slaughterhouses.
Dr. Anamarie Cabel, head of the city veterinary office, assured the public that all of the city's major markets and slaughterhouses have 24-hour checkpoints to assure the safety of meat being sold and slaughtered.
The city government has allotted P10 million for the financial assistance to hog raisers who will voluntarily surrender their live pigs for culling.
Hog raisers who will refuse to have their pigs culled could be arrested and charged for violation of the Sanitation Code.
African swine fever causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages, and death among domestic and wild pigs. It does not, however, pose a health risk to humans.