- Agriculture Secretary stated in a press conference that the African swine fever (AFS) outbreak here in the country was caused by smuggled pork from China
- It was said that the illegal traders disposed of the wrongly declared meat in Rodriguez, Rizal which the epidemic
- The ASF outbreak greatly affected the meat industry of the country and the government aims to press charges against the illegal traders who caused it
After weeks of suffering from the African swine fever (AFS) outbreak, the Department of Agriculture determined that the origin of the devastating phenomenon in the Philippines could be caused by smuggled pork from China.
In a recent report by Rappler, Agriculture Secretary William Dar revealed in a press conference on Monday, November 4, that the authorities seized an illegal shipment of pork which was a clear manifestation that the virus originated from an Asian country.
It was originally declared as tomato paste and vermicelli but was later found out to be meat from ASF infected pigs.
The ASF positive meat products were inferred to be disposed of irresponsibly in Rodriguez, Rizal wherein local hog business owners fed the contaminated meat to their pigs. This allegedly launched the epidemic in the Philippines.
It greatly affected several hog raisers and hit the meat industry. Due to this, the government is currently reviewing and looking into pressing charges against the illegal traders who caused the ASF outbreak.
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