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Mekeni recalls pork-based products in the Philippines amid African swine fever reports

Christian Fernsby |
Mekeni Food Corp. on Saturday ordered a recall of all its pork products amid reports that some have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).

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Mekeni, in a statement, said it has submitted samples of its products to the Bureau of Animal Industry under the Department of Agriculture and an independent testing facility.

"Even as we wait for the results of these tests, we have decided to initiate a voluntary recall of all of our pork-based products effective 26 October 2019," it said.

“This is to ensure that we mitigate the possibility that our products inadvertently become carriers of ASF."

The Pampanga-based firm reiterated that its products are "safe for consumption."

"No less than the Department of Health and the DA have reiterated that ASF poses no danger to human health," it said.

While not harmful to humans, African swine fever is fatal to pigs and some 7,000 hogs have been killed in the Philippines, the world's 10th largest consumer of pork and 7th biggest importer, to prevent its spread.

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