Safe pork meat in the Philippines?
The provincial government of Bulacan (a province in the Philippines) has
assured the public that pork meat that comes from the province is safe to eat.
It was maintained that the livestock industry has not been seriously affected by
the swine flu which reportedly infected hogs in several provinces in Central
Governor Joselito Mendoza clarified that although Bulacan was hit by the
swine flu; the number of infected swine was considerably less when compared to
that of other provinces, where there are more backyard hog raisers. Mendoza said
swine that were infected by the so-called hog cholera were mainly from those
backyard raisers, and in Bulacan, 80% of hogs are from commercial raisers.
He added, â€œWe want to inform the public that not all pig meat being sold in
Metro Manila come from Bulacan, and Bulacan is not the only province that was
infected by the 'hog cholera.' But we can assure that meat from our province is
safe.â€ He also reported that some traders are partly to blame in the
swine-flu scare because they have taken advantage of the disease to force
small-time hog raisers to sell their swine at a cheaper price.
Disease threat not serious
Mendoza continued to say that although the disease is not as serious and
infected hogs can recover from the disease. He also claimed that he plans to
invite the members of the press and the residents of Bulacan to witness them eat
pork meat from backyard raisers, which will show the people that it is safe.
It was announced by The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) that the spread of
hog cholera and other diseases that hit some pig farms in the provinces of
Bulacan and Pampanga was already under control. Based on the data of BAI, 43
barangays (townships) in 11 towns and one city in Bulacan were affected by hog
cholera - a total of 2,823 hogs.
Mendoza said continuous monitoring of pig farms are now underway by the
provincial government to prevent the spread of the disease and checkpoints have
been put in place to prevent infected or double dead pigs being transported to
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