Samples of Mekeni products tested positive for African swine fever
November 4, 2019 | 11:20 a.m.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Animal Industry confirmed on Monday that samples of longganisa and skinless hot dogs from the Mekeni Food Corporation plant tested positive for African swine fever.
The office said their two validation tests were performed at the request of the manufacturer. They also revealed that other samples of the plant, especially those from the United States, Canada and France, tested negative for ASF.
Health Department Under Secretary Eric Domingo said 63 of 178 licensed meat factories have been inspected. According to him, the larger factories were inspected first.
“We found them to comply with regulatory standards,” he said.
On October 26, Mekeni Food Corp. voluntarily recalled all of its pork products amid reports that some of them had tested positive for ASF.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health, although ASF is contagious to pigs, it has no harmful effects on human health.
“This is to ensure that we mitigate the possibility that our products inadvertently become carriers of ASF,” Mekeni said in his statement.
In early October, the number of fever-related pig deaths soared to 36,000 as the affliction spread across the country.
This is a developing story.