Philippines orders recall of processed pork meat products from several countries
The Philippine government wants all processed meat products from countries hit by deadly pork disease African Swine Fever (ASF) virus recalled and seized.
Yesterday, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an order telling importers, distributors, retail outlets and other dealers to immediately recall all pork meat products imported from countries suspected to be affected by the ASF virus.
Among these countries are China, Vietnam, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sambia, South Africa, and Ukraine.
“Food business operators, importing, distributing, offering for sale and/or donating these banned products shall be prosecuted for violation of the FDA Act of 2009, the food safety act of 2013 and other rules and regulations on food safety,” FDA said in the order.
“The public is advised to exercise extreme caution in purchasing and consuming processed pork meat products and is advised to only consume those that are sourced from countries not listed above,” it added.
FDA operates under the Department of Health. Its recent order came after the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the country’s hog farmers requested it to stop issuing import clearances and order the immediate market pull out for processed pork products from countries affected by ASF.
The DA, in a memorandum issued last year, asked the FDA to implement a ban and stop the entry of processed pork products including canned goods like “Maling” from China and 13 other countries after August 2018.
An incident involving a returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who was intercepted while bringing in cans of “Maling” pork luncheon meat brought to the attention of the DA that while a ban and cut off date for the entry of processed pork products from China was issued last year, the FDA continued issuing permits to allow importers to bring in the banned products.