URDANETA CITY–- To complete security in the province against spread of Asian Swine Flu following Governor Amado Espino III’s issuance of lockdown on all pork imports in the province on August 20, meat inspectors have been deployed by the National Meat Inspection Service – Regional Technical Operation Center (NMIS- RTOC).
Dr. Rudio Abulencia, NMIS-RTOC Head Enforcement, said that the deployment was made to to secure the safety of pigs being slaughtered and maintain ASF-free status of Pangasinan-bred hogs.
“Deputized as meat inspectors, they have been trained for this task,” said Abulencia.
The agency assured the public that all slaughtered swine marked with NMIS seal is unaffected by ASF and is safe to eat.
Meanwhile, checkpoints launched by the Provincial Veterinarian, Bureau of Animal Industry, and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office proved vital, intercepted 35 hogs from Bulacan province last Tuesday.
Despite the permits and proper documents shown, the truck containing the hogs were barred entry in the province.
The supply of pork products in Pangasinan remains normal as shown by prices still range from P200 to P220 per kilogram. (Ahikam Pasion)
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