DILG orders VisMin LGUs to allow entry of processed pork from Luzon
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the local government units (LGUs), especially those in Visayas and Mindanao, to allow the entry of processed pork products from Luzon that have obtained the right permits from the government.
A report in Manila Bulletin showed that DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has already forged a memorandum order formalizing such order for LGUs.
In the memo, he said processed meat products that contain pork as ingredient either partially or fully shall be allowed to be distributed and sold in all provinces.
Año, however, noted that his order is subject to certain conditions.
“Processed pork meat products must be heated or fully cooked. The heat treatment of these processed meat products should be in accordance with ASF inactivation conditions set by the World Organization for Animal Health [OIE],” Año said in the order.
For uncooked processed meat, processors and traders must be able to present the necessary permits from DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Department of Health’s (DOH) FDA.
DILG’s move was welcomed by the country’s meat processors, but was criticized by the hoy raisers.
This, as African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in Luzon continue to rise, with hog deaths now at more than 2,000.