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Manila intensifies ASF monitoring, prevention

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By Erma Edera 

The local government of Manila has intensified its monitoring operations on all markets and ports especially in Tondo and Binondo, amid reports that several provinces have been affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but can be fatal to pigs - and potentially harmful to China's huge pork industry (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

(AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) said it is “way ahead” in its campaign against the spread of ASF, particularly in its operations against the sale of hot meat and “botcha.”

“The Veterinary Inspection Board strengthened its monitoring task force to check all possible point of entries and distribution channels, including in markets and ports, as well as all cold storage facilities in the City of Manila, especially Tondo and Binondo area,” VIB Special Enforcement Squad chief Dr. Nick Santos said.

Santos noted that the nation’s capital has “the lowest percentage of hog mortality rate” because the city does not have farms and hog-raisers.

“In this case, prevention is our top priority,” Santos said.

“The Special Enforcement Squad of the Veterinary Inspection Board, mandated by the Office of the Mayor, will conduct thorough inspections and perform their duties 24/7 to ensure that the meat being sold in our markets is clean, fresh, and safe for consumption, especially free from ASF,” Santos added.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently announced the outbreak of ASF in several areas in Bulacan and Rizal.

DA Secretary William Dar, however, assured the public that the outbreak has been contained by authorities.

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