DAVAO CITY – The City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) of Davao has assured consumers that pork products sold at markets in this city are safe for consumption. The pronouncement was made after the presence of the African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in two (2) Calinan District barangays.
CVO Officer-in-Charge Dr. Cerelyn Pinili said that the hogs being slaughtered in accredited abattoirs were strictly checked. Hog owners are required to show shipping permits and health certificates to declare their pigs free from the dreaded ASF. Furthermore, the local government also requires “ante-mortem” and “post-mortem” examinations of hogs before entering the abattoirs.
Pinili also advised to check for meat inspection certificates issued by the CVO from local meat sellers. These certificates are usually displayed in meat stalls in public markets and sections of mall grocery stores.
She also disclosed that, as of February 11, 2020, the close monitoring implemented by the local government amid the ASF outbreak has already resulted to the culling of 1,562 hogs in Barangay Lamanan and 477 in Barangay Dominga both in Calinan District of this city.
Hog producers are hereby urged to practice biosecurity measures such as restriction of pigs’ entries into their farms, area disinfection, and strict monitoring of their feeding. They must also immediately report to authorities pigs that show signs and symptoms of infection so that blood sampling may be conducted rightaway.
“If you notice in your neighborhood that hogs are becoming weak, call our office so we can get blood samples from the pigs. We can immediately take action, unlike if you hide situations like this. This needs participation from the farmers, consumers, let’s help each other),” she added.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has also implemented the “1-7-10” protocol as a measure to manage, contain and control the spread of ASF. The protocol requires that all pigs within the one-kilometer radius of infected farms will be culled, limit animal movement within seven-kilometer radius, and require swine farms within a 10-kilometer to submit a mandatory report on the disease.