THE City Council of Bacolod City passed a resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor that urgently requests the Department of Trade and Industry, Negros, the Bacolod City Health Office and City Veterinary Office to strictly monitor the entry of packed imported pork products to ensure no such imported products coming from China and other countries affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) or Pig Ebola' are brought into the city and to prevent our city's hogs from exposure to virus.
It was passed during the conduct of their regular session Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Verdeflor chairs the City Council Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry.
The spread of ASF poses a serious threat to the hog industry, raising concern about consumer inflation and food security.
The ASF is highly contagious and often fatal disease on domestic pigs.
International news agencies reported that ASF probably entered China in imported pork products last summer, and some Chinese companies recalled products suspected of ASF. China raises about half the world’s pigs and the spread of ASF is causing huge disruption to the supply of pork.
With no treatment and no vaccine, the only way to keep pigs healthy is to strictly prevent exposure to the virus. (CNC)