Consumer advocacy group Laban Konsyumer Inc. and the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. on Thursday called on the Bureau of Animal Industry to reveal the identity of the owner of three processed meat products tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).
Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba told that the consumer group is urging the office to “name a brand, issue a show cause order and recall a contaminated product, whether local or imported.”
For his part, the association spokesman Rex Agarrado said, in a separate interview, that the organization would demand a copy of the test results from the department, calling the release of the document “unfortunate” as it seemed to have accused meat processors of being incompetent in handling pork meat in the midst of the ASF scare.
A copy of the medical laboratory study from the Office of the Veterinary Laboratory Division was leaked to the media revealing that three food samples had been infected with the ASF virus.
Samahang Industrya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) also issued a copy of the report to the press.
The three samples of processed meat — hotdog, longganisa, and tocino— came from the sender at 262-C Teresa St., Sta. Mesa, Manila, guy.
Nevertheless, the name of the owner and his address as well as the name of the sample recipient are obscured by the orange marker.
The association stated earlier that the ASF virus can not survive in processed meat products because they are cooked at temperatures ranging from 70 degrees Celsius to 116 degrees Celsius for 40 to 60 minutes.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has reported that the ASF virus is highly resistant to low temperatures but can be “inactivated” by heat treatment at 56 ° C for 70 minutes or 60 ° C for 20 minutes.
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