By Divina M. Suson, Correspondent
ILIGAN City--The Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) in Northern Mindanao and the City Veterinarian's Office here seized Friday morning (June 7) almost a hundred of imported canned goods from the grocery section of two big malls and a big grocery store in this city.
Iligan City Veterinarian Dr. Dahlia Valera said they conducted the operation based on the order of the FDA, issued last May, the seizure of all pork products from countries affected by African swine fever (ASF).
African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a large, double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family. It is the causative agent of African swine fever (ASF). The virus causes a haemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs; some isolates can cause death of animals as quickly as a week after infection. It persistently infects its natural hosts, warthogs, bushpigs, and soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros, which likely act as a vector, with no disease signs. It does not cause disease in humans. ASFV is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and exists in the wild through a cycle of infection between ticks and wild pigs, bushpigs, and warthogs. The disease was first described after European settlers brought pigs into areas endemic with ASFV and, as such, is an example of an "emerging infectious disease." --wikipedia
"We actually requested the FDA to visit Iligan City because these malls are still displaying imported canned meat products declared banned by the FDA," Valera said.
Following the declaration that the Philippines is still free from ASF, Valera said his agency has not monitored any cases involving ASF-infected swine products in Iligan City.
"Although ASF does not affect human, it is still better to take extra precautionary measures because it (ASF) can kill pigs that would eventually affect our swine industry," said Valera adding that her office will continue to monitor grocery stores and malls.
The ASF has reportedly spread to more than 55 countries on three continents.
In China and Vietnam, more than 2 million pigs have been destroyed due to ASF.
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