Group threatens to sue Filipino government as products test positive for ASF

A Philippines-based agriculture group has threatened to file charges against government agencies for allegedly failing to test imported pork and processed meat products for African swine fever.

CNN Philippines reported that the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) made this statement in letters sent to the Departments of Agriculture, Health, and the Bureau of Customs

“We will not hesitate to file appropriate charges with the Ombudsman and other appropriate courts against those that have been remiss in ensuring the full implementation of the Quarantine First Policy,” SINAG chairman Resendo So said.

SINAG said all pork and pork-based products imported in the country “have never been subjected to any ASF testing at the first port of entry,” as mandated by law.

The group also provided a copy of a clinical laboratory report from the Bureau of Animal Industry showing some breakfast staples testing positive for ASF.

Without specifying brands, the document said hotdog, longganisa, and tocino all have “ASF Viral DNA detected.” The document was signed by Veterinarian Cristina Legaspi and noted by veterinary laboratory division chief Rosemarie Antegro.

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