By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said late Tuesday her team will meet with the owners of the city’s groceries and supermarkets to inform them on what steps to take when the processed meat products they are selling are African Swine Flu (ASF) infected.
The meeting was deemed necessary after city authorities discovered that a processed meat product sold in a local supermarket was found to be ASF-infected after undergoing laboratory tests.
Belmonte revealed the ASF-contaminated processed food product passed the inspection test of the National Meat Inspection Service.
The Department of Agriculture remains mum on the brand of the processed meat product or if the ASF-infected item is branded or not because the meat is still undergoing further laboratory examination.
Since it is processed meat, the product also needs to be tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Hograisers’ group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura called on the government to enforce the first border policy of the Food Safety Act.
Under this policy, the group said the DA and the FDA should lead the inspection of meat products coming into the country before going to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The group said it is senseless for them to undertake bio-security measures in the backyard farms if contaminated meat products can easily go through the local market.