DECEMBER 6, 2019 – Pampanga-based Mekeni Food Corporation on Friday said its pork-based products will soon return to the market after about a month-long absence due to African Swine Fever (ASF) contamination.
In a statement, the company said it has secured the approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to redistribute its popular tocino, longganisa, hotdog and other processed meat products.
“The FDA clearance and SGS results give assurance that all Mekeni pork-based products to be released in the market, as well as its facilities, equipment and raw meat materials, are 100 percent negative for ASF virus DNA,” the company said.
The FDA approval came at a time before the holiday season when processed meat consumption peaks.
Mekeni submitted last November 22 the corrective actions taken by the company and the results of a test conducted by Standard Global Services (SGS), the world’s leading inspection and verification company.
In October, Mekeni voluntarily withrew its pork-based products following reports that some had tested positive for the virus causing deadly hemorrhagic fever in domesticated pigs and wild boar.
Health and agriculture officials later in November confirmed that affected products were the skinless longganisa and hotdog products of Mekeni.
Mekeni assured that all incoming raw meats will undergo testing for ASF and that a periodic environmental swabbing of its facilities will also be conducted.
“A dedicated food safety and quality officer has also been appointed to head a second layer of testing,” the company said.
Pinayagan na ng Food and Drug Administration ang Mekeni na i-distribute muli ang kanilang pork-based products, isang buwan matapos i-pull out ang mga ito matapos mag-positibo ang ilan nilang product sample sa African swine fever. | via @ShylaFrancisco pic.twitter.com/Isi2kBRRol
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The ASF is not fatal to humans but has resulted into the deaths of pigs in parts of Luzon, and other countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Over 52,00 hogs across Luzon had been culled, of which 17,000 were reported infected as of November.
The other parts of the country remained ASF-free and local government had imposed a ban on pork products from ASF-affected areas. Government had also prohibited the shipment of pork products and live hogs to ASF-free areas. (Karen Macalalad/MM)