Mekeni products longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever - The Daily Sentry

Mekeni products longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever

Mekeni Food Corporation | Photo from CNN
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that skinless longganisa and hotdog samples from the plant of Mekeni Food Corporation tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).

The BAI officer-in-charge Ronnie Domingo said that their two validation tests were conducted upon the request of the manufacturer and has confirmed that processed meat samples from the Food Corp tested positive for ASF.

“A set of samples of longganisa and picnic hotdog tested positive for ASF based on tests conducted," he said.

"With these developments, the DA and the Department of Health through the Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA) have agreed to disclose jointly said test results, and name the manufacturer, which is Mekeni Food Corporation," the statement said.

Select Mekeni Product | Photo from Rappler

The test were conducted on October 25, a day before Mekeni voluntarily recalled all its pork-based products amid reports that some of them tested positive for ASF, according to the bureau, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture.

There has been a spike in the number of ASF cases in the country since the month of July. A summary report by the Agriculture department on October 30 identified over 500 piggeries hit by the disease in Quezon City and Pangasinan since September.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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