Fast-food chains are not exempted from the aftermath caused by the African Swine Flu (ASF) outbreak in the country.
Not available on the menu boards soon
Burgers, sausages, and meat-based pizzas are in danger of a shortage as the ongoing meat ban, quarantine, and checkpoints hampered the delivery of processed meat products to fast-food companies.
Considered as major roadblocks by the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI), the shortage will soon be realized unless the government issue the proper guidelines to local government units (LGUs) with regard to handling deliveries of these products.
Impact of meat bans
The major impact on the delay of transportation of these products will be felt soon according to PAMPI spokesman Rex Agarrado.
“Fast-food chains only store about two to four weeks (of supplies). And most bans covered 90 days or 12 weeks. So those supplies will dwindle. Consumers are not yet feeling it, but they eventually will, ” said Agarrado during an interview on Wednesday.
How LGUs handle deliveries
Agarrado expressed concern on how the local government units have been handling the inspection and checkpoint of the deliveries of processed meat products to fast-food companies.
He cited an example where the delivery trucks in Ilocos were stopped for a checkpoint. It took 5 hours before the deliveries were allowed entry despite the presence of complete documents like the license to operate by the Bureau of Food and Drugs, certificate of product registration and other documents from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).
“We are concerned because fast-food chains keep very minimal inventories of products on their shelves and they deliver direct. LGUs should understand that their structure is very different. Their production centers are in Manila. They have rules on how long they could keep their products,” he said.
To date, Cebu and Bohol have an unconditional meat ban. Davao Oriental and the Negros provinces are likely to follow suit.
Quarantine inspections have been conducted in some areas of the country to prevent the ASF spread.
Source: The Philippine Star