AGRICULTURE Secretary William Dar has reiterated his warning that anybody found selling and trading illegally slaughtered diseased animals will be facing criminal charges.
Dar issued the warning following the arrest on Oct. 6 of a traveler for carrying several packets of processed pork products that tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) at the Mindoro port.
“Again, we strongly appeal to small backyard hog raisers not to sell their ASF-infected pigs to traders, and for traders not to sell infected hogs, and pork and processed products so as not to spread the ASF virus to other areas,” Dar said.
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) quarantine officials confiscated the infected items, composed mostly of homemade products, which were properly disposed of.
Dar lauded the arrest and confiscation saying the apprehension shows that strict and effective measures are in place and operational to prevent the spread of ASF.
“We urge the general public to continue to buy pork products from market vendors and meat shops with NMIS certificates,” he added.
Dar also called on all local government unit (LGU) officials and swine industry stakeholders to continuously sustain efforts to manage, contain and control ASF, and strictly enforce the “1-7-10” protocol and biosecurity and quarantine measures.