ZAMBOANGA City’s Task Force (TF) Karne brought its monitoring and surveillance operations to the east coast, particularly in the villages of Curuan and Sangali.
The monitor is part of the enforcement of the temporary national ban on the importation, distribution and sale of processed pork products from countries suspected to be infected with the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs.
Dr. Mario Arriola, city veterinarian and task force head, said that of the establishments they visited, only one was found to sell canned pork products from China.
Arriola said a total of 33 cans of a famous pork luncheon meat from the China were pulled out from the shelf, inventoried and sealed.
He said the personnel from the Food and Drugs Authority will retrieve the items as it is the only agency authorized to confiscate such products.
Also in the list of ASF-affected countries are Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mongolia, Moldova, Belgium, Hong Kong, North Korea, and Laos. (SunStar Philippines)