9 towns issue own ban policies vs. hogs, frozen meat

THE local governments on the borders of Pangasinan took an active stance in the provincial government’s fight to protect the protect the province against the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Nine towns issued their respective executive orders preventing the entry of of live hogs, pork and fresh pork, and other by-products such as fresh and frozen meat (including food scrap for hogs) to prevent the spread ASF in their territories.

The local governments that issued executive orders banning entry to their towns were Rosales, Villasis, Pozorrubio, Sison, San Quintin, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Asingan and Tayug.

The action was in response to the call of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura (SINAG) to local governments to be proactive by adopting stringent measures to safeguard their local hog-raising industry.

Engr. Rosendo So, SINAG President, said frozen meat should be blocked without a certification that these were tested. 

Local governments will begin to seize frozen meat in markets that cannot show any certification.

SINAG had asked the Bureau of Customs to implement the first border inspection on imported frozen before these are released to markets. (Nora Dominguez)

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