Tocino, Longganisa, And Hotdog Products Allegedly Used African Swine Fever-Infected Pork
Should you be worried?
In a report by ABS-CBN, The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc (PAMPI) received information from hog raisers that hotdog, longganisa, and tocino products used pork that are allegedly infected by the African swine fever.
No brand names are specified for the time being. According to Rex Agarrado, the spokesperson of PAMPI, says, "Unfair nga po, very unfair 'pag walang brand na ime-mention kasi lahat tatamaan. Sa totoo lang hindi kami maka-respond. Wala kaming hawak [na impormasyon]." (It's unfair, very unfair that brands can't be mentioned because everyone is affected. The truth is, we can't respond because we don't hold any information.)
Agarrado addresses his concern to the Bureau of Animal Industry by asking for more details about the situation, saying "Let's respect each other, kami po ang bigyan ninyo [ng impormasyon], kami po ang apektado." (Let's respect each other, we should be the one to receive information, we are the ones affected.)
According to the ABS-CBN report, it was the Samahang Industriya ng Agrkilultura (SINAG) that monitored the report and the Department of Agriculture confirmed it to them.
Reports of the African Swine Fever affecting hogs in the Philippines started last September 2019, with the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan taking the first hit. A week after the first case, Ronnie Domingo, Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry, has confirmed that the African Swine Fever situation in the Philippines is now an outbreak. It continues to spread to other cities and provinces like Pampanga, Quezon City, and Cebu.
Is it safe to eat African Swine Fever-infected pork?
According to the World Organization for Animal Health, this is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs and it does not pose any health risk to humans. The disease can be transmitted to pigs through direct contact with infected pigs, indirect contact through the ingestion of contaminated material, and the contaminated materials itself.