Pinoy’s favorite Ma Ling is included in a temporary ban of pork meat products from countries allegedly affected by African Swine Fever. These countries are Vietnam, Zambia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mongolia, Moldova, Belgium, Poland, China, and HongKong.
Importation, distribution, and sale of processed pork meat products including Ma ling that may be affected by African Swine Fever are prohibited. People who violate this rule can be fined with P200,000.
Serious Violation of Quarantine Rules
The Bureau of Customs recently confiscated canned meat products brought by an OFW. The OFW complaint the incident to Raffy Tulfo on his radio station “Raffy Tulfo in Action” which made Raffy Tulfo angry and berated the Quarantine officers.
In a Facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the secretary said that he will take action and will have to order an investigation regarding the violation of Quarantine Rules.
“Siguro, kulang pa ang aming information campaign dahil pati ang isang batikan na broadcaster ay hindi alam ang kaibahan ng African Swine Fever sa Foot and Mouth Disease,” Piñol explained.
No Vaccines or Cure for the Disease
According to the FDA, This disease is not considered as “Human Health Threat” but may affect major economic loss in the swine industry. This is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs that cause fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and even deaths to affected animals.
African Swine Fever almost swiped out China’s hog population and even reached HongKong. The banning of pork meat products is helpful to protect our hogs from the virus. A single can infected by the virus that entered our country can easily doom our meats. Vietnam already killed 1.4 million hogs and China lost 30% of the hogs population because of the contagious virus.
It’s better safe than sorry: Avoid buying Ma ling for now and Let’s eat Pinoy pork.