20 kilos of undocumented meat seized

BINMALEY’S ASF-INFECTED PORK MEAT

THE Laoac Police Station intercepted some 20 kilograms of undocumented pork meat suspected to be infected with African Swine Fever (ASF) in Barangay Calaoagan.

P/Captain Mark Ryan Taminaya, Laoac Police chief, said the 50 kilos of meat was on a sports van to escape detection at checkpoints leading to the town.

He said when the van was intercepted acting on a tip from a concerned resident that the pork meat was being sold at extremely low price: P150 per kilo, against the current P200 per kilo market price., the cargo was already reduced to 20 kilos.

He confirmed that the undocumented meat came from Barangay Lomboy in Binmaley town, which is under state of calamity due to the onslaught of ASF in some of its barangays.

Barangay Lomboy is within the 1-7-10 kilometer radius from ground zero in Binmaley, and, therefore, subject to inspection by the Department of Agriculture and Provincial Veterinary Office.

Laoac Mayor Ricardo Balderas immediately ordered the pork products to be burned.

The police did not reveal the names of the persons who attempted to sell all 50 kilos and decided to leave it to the DA to decide whether to file charges or not. (Ahikam Pasion)

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