By Betheena Kae Unite
The shipment of meat products found to be infected with African Swine Fever (ASF) has been disposed of at a facility in Cavite, the Bureau of Customs said Saturday.
The bureau said the shipment that contains dumplings, pork-chicken balls, and roast chicken wings was already disposed on February 7 at the facility of Integrated Waste Management at Terece Martirez, Cavite.
It was furthered that the food items were disposed of through a heat-assisted method called Thermolysis or Thermal Decomposition.
An interagency team composed of officers from the Customs bureau, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Coast Guard administered the transfer of the ASF-positive food items and witnessed its disposal.
It can be recalled that the shipment consigned to Dynamic M Intl Trading Inc arrived at Manila International Container Port (MICP) in December last year from China. It was alerted on the same month.
It was then seized last January 24 after the Veterinary Quarantine Services (VQS) of BAI found a sample of pork-celery dumpling to be ASF-positive.
The shipment was initially inspected by the Bureau of Customs at the Designated Examination Area in MICP, and was transferred to the consignee’s warehouse at Goldkey Bldg, Toklong, Kawit, Cavite for the conduct of 100percent physical examination by the interagency team.
The transfer was a requisite to provide BAI the proper cold storage facility to ensure proper inspection of the meat products, and for them to conduct proper tests.
The bureau said it has taken a cue from the expertise of BAI for the disposal of the shipment. Acting on the disposal plan, the food items were disinfected first by the BAI and transported the same to the facility of Integrated Waste Management in Cavite for thermal decomposition.