Bacolod abattoir ramp up quarantine vs ASF

first_imgBACOLOD City – In a bid to beefup measures against the African swine fever (ASF), a slaughterhouse in BarangayHandumanan has put up quarantine system. This move, according to Lacson, willprotect the province’s P6-billion swine industry. Negros Occidental, the country’s number one backyard swine producer, hasprohibited since Sept. 11 the entry of pork from Luzon, which has confirmedcases of ASF. Goldwyn Nifras, the city’s agriculturehead, also disclosed that there are no swine fever cases in this city and inNegros Occidental. Glorydee Cometa, AVM BernardoSlaughterhouse plant manager, said they have enforced strict monitoring on hogsbrought in the abattoir. She also said that animals or anyperson enters the holding pen must pass through a foot-bath area filled withdisinfectant to ensure that people do not enter with contaminated material ontheir shoes.“This biosecurity protocol ensures that the slaughtered hogs and large animalshave no infection and safe to eat,” said Cometa.She also said that as of now, there was no reported swine fever case in theslaughterhouse.center_img Mayor Evelio Leonardia last weekissued Executive Order No. 29 banning live pigs, hog carcasses, pork, porkproducts, and pork by-products from Luzon and certain countries from enteringthe city for a period of 90 days.Earlier, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced that he considers extending the90-day pork ban in Negros Occidental. Cometa added that it is a regularprocedure for hogs and large animals intended for slaughter pass through theCity Veterinary Office for an “ante-mortem” inspection. The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts, and by-products, whether fresh, processed or canned, which can carrythe ASF virus./PNlast_img read more