MEAT processors state their products are harmless to consume. Because they want to distance themselves from current recall orders which is an issue for pork products from ASF affected countries. It includes neighboring Asian countries such as China and Vietnam.
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. said, it likely to address concerns about the possible spreading diseases. However, the FDA ordered the seizure and recall of meat products. It includes products from Hungary, China, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Zambia, Vietnam, South Africa, and many other countries.
Felix O. Tiukinhoy, President, PAMPI, also requesting the FDA to be “specific and cautious in its statements they have led to uncertainty and confusion among consumers. However, many ASF-infect countries don’t export meat products to the Philippines.”
“Recall orders must be product-specific, recognizing the brands and countries of origin. However, general statements which are not useful to consumers but are harmful to local manufacturers,” he stated in the statement.
He also said that PAMPI member is ready to help supermarket operators in steadily segregating domestic process meat.
The DA (Department of Agriculture) has been executing measures to defend the country from the entry of the ASF. It has submitted a request for a 2-month suspension of pork importations from ASF-affecting countries.
Emmanuel F. Pinol, Agriculture Secretary said that he will rather risk an increasing pork price as an outcome of the measure.
“Of course we are focusing on the effect of the changing prices”, he said.
However, with shortages, the Department of Agriculture said that it aims to export pork to several affecting countries.
As per the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority), the average price for hogs fell around 2.7%. However, the entire hog production was near around 1.6% at 567 and 420 metric tons.