June 3, 2019
Philippines meat association concern that ASF-related recalls could affect local meat
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) has expressed concerns that locally-produced meat products may be affected due to recent recall orders issued for pork products from countries where the outbreak of African swine fever have occurred, BusinessWorld reported.
The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently ordered the recall and seizure of meat products imported from ASF-infected countries like China, Hungary and Russia. As a result, Felix O. Tiukinhoy, president of PAMPI, had asked the FDA to be "cautious and specific in its pronouncements as they have led to confusion and uncertainty among consumers." According to Tiukinhoy, the Philippines does not import meat products from "(most) of the ASF-infected countries."
"Recall orders should be product-specific, identifying the brands and countries of origin, instead of general statements that are not helpful to consumers but are prejudicial to local manufacturers," he said in the statement. PAMPI members would also be able to assist local supermarkets in separating local meat from those which are imported, he added.
The Philippines has responded to recent ASF outbreaks by imposing measures to prevent the entry of the disease into the country, including submitting a request for a two-month suspension of pork imports form ASF-affected countries.
Although the move could potentially cause rising pork prices, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol expressed the country's priority to keep ASF from harming the Philippines' hog sector.