BACOLOD CITY–A total of 350 kilos of frozen foods and processed meats were seized by the Cadiz City Veterinary Office and the Cadiz City Police Station early this week.
Dr. Josue Rabang, city veterinarian, said the operation was conducted Tuesday morning, February 16, after the shipment that originated from Bacolod City was monitored.
Rabang noted that the products were mishandled and were not transported via a freezer truck.
The shipment also did not have pertinent documents and meat inspection certificates, he said.
Because of this, Rabang said they confiscated the products while the vehicle and the personnel who were transporting them were ordered to return to their place of origin.
He added the confiscated frozen foods and meat products were immediately destroyed by burning and burial in order to prevent it from being consumed.
Rabang added the operation was conducted as part of the city’s local Anti-African Swine Fever protocols.
Last year, the Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental seized almost P5.6 million worth of banned pork products.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas appealed to local government units (LGU) in the region to intensify their measures to prevent the entry of ASF.
Dr. Remelyn Recoter, DA-6 regional director, said the multi-billion hog industry in the region is “highly vulnerable to ASF.”/(Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)