Mekeni Food products tested positive for ASF
The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed that specific batches of two of Mekeni Food Corporation’s products — namely Mekeni Picnic Hotdog Regular 500g and Mekeni Skinless Longaniza (Uncooked) 200g — were found to have DNA traces of African Swine Fever (ASF).
“Despite this unfortunate development, we assure government that we will continue to cooperate in its ongoing investigation to determine the source of ASF. We will also actively support the review of current protocols on issuing certifications for both local and imported raw meats,” Mekeni Food said in a statement.
“While only specific batches were found to have DNA traces of ASF, all of our pork-based products have already been pulled out from our selling areas when we initiated a voluntary recall last October 26, 2019,” it added.
These products are currently quarantined and a batch sampling has been submitted to an independent laboratory for ASF testing.
“Operations of our pork-based processing area had been suspended since 26 October 2019, and the facility has been cleansed and disinfected. A third-party company had also been engaged to do swabbing and testing of the facility before we resume operations. These measures are part of our commitment to support the government in its campaign to control the further spread of the ASF that is threatening the hog industry,” it further said.