Mekeni Food denies products being ASF-contaminated
Dragged in the African Swine Fever (ASF) hullabaloo, Pampanga-based meat and food processing firm Mekeni Food Corporation has denied its products being contaminated by the swine virus.
“We are an ISO-certified company,” Garcia said in a Manila Bulletin report
Garcia’s statement came after he heard about National Meat Inspection Service’s (NMIS) plan to recall its products from being contaminated by ASF.
“Recall for what?” Garcia further said, saying that all the raw materials they are using has all the necessary permits and certification from government agencies like NMIS and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To recall, samples of meat products that were recently taken from a “pack of hotdog, tocino, and longganisa” that were seized in Mindoro port was recently tested positive for ASF by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Though the DA didn’t name any brand, an industry source, allegedly someone from the Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI), floated Mekeni’s name in the picture.
Mekeni is not a member of PAMPI, a group of local meat processors.
PAMPI is now in hot water for aggressively pushing for the unrestricted entry of processed pork products from ASF-hit Luzon to other areas in the country, saying meat products, if they have undergone the right process, would not be contaminated with the virus.