Vegans, be warned: DOST-NRCP finds pathogens in vegetables produced in Quezon

Published March 4, 2021, 1:46 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NCRP) has initially found pathogens in vegetables being produced by organic farms in Quezon province. 

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NCRP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay said the initial findings were reported by the NCRP team as they continued their study on food contaminants, aimed at ensuring the food security in the country. 

“Ang ongoing [study] po natin ngayon ay organic farms sa isang probinsya, sa Quezon, ongoing pa po sya. Hindi pa po natin nakukuha pa ang kabuuan ng report pero may partial report po sila na mayroong pathogens dun sa vegetables natin na napro-produce (Our ongoing study right now involves organic farms in a province, in Quezon, it is ongoing. We have not yet received the complete report but they have submitted the partial report showing that there are pathogens in vegetables we are producing),” she told in a virtual press conference. 

She said they cannot disclose the names of the organic farms so as not to cause public alarm.

Sumasaygay noted that there was general impression that the organic farms in the country should be on guard on against “parasitic and bacterial contamination.”

She said the NCRP’s current priority is basic research on food contaminants, which include parasites and bacteria. 

A collegial body of highly-trained and productive scientists and researchers, the NCRP is an advisory body to the Philippine Government on matters of national interest. 

NCRP envisions to address the demand for knowledge, skills and innovations in the sciences and humanities to contribute to nation-building and improve the quality of life of the Filipino people by 2025.