Press Releases

NMIS Executive Director orders RTDs to clarify issue about ASF 

NMIS Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales released the Memorandum Order No. 2019-01-0018, January 3, 2019, which directs all the Regional Technical Directors, including the Acting and Officer-in-Charge to arrange media appearances to relieve the anxiety of public about consuming meat that may be affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).

The ASF as defined by the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses. It is caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros. ASF is not a risk to human health.

Due to persistent concern about the safety of meat brought about by ASF outbreak which has spread in 13 countries, the memorandum aims to ensure the public that the meat sold in local markets are not infected by African Swine Fever and came from approved and legitimate sources as prescribed by the law and therefore still safe to eat.

Furthermore, it also aims to inform the consumers and the swine industry that the National Meat Inspection Service, in coordination with Bureau of Animal Industry and Department of Agriculture, are putting their best effort to protect them through heightened surveillance and inspection of NMIS Enforcement Team and Local Government Units.

The memorandum also serves as a follow-up to other DA Advisories previously released about the temporary banning of the importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products, pork meat and semen originating from countries affected by ASF like Belgium, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, China. Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa and Zambia.

 

Pierre Jordan M. Escobar