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PIA Press Release
2009/02/27

Pork is safe, hog raisers guarantee consumers

Manila (27 February) -- Pork lovers have nothing to fear: they can still enjoy their favorite lechon, adobo and sinigang na baboy

The National Federation of Hog Farmers in the Philippines said hogs all over the country are safe to eat because government has contained the Ebola Reston Virus in a piggery in Bulacan.

But just to calm down worried consumers, Hog farmer federation President Albert Lim advised people to cook their pork dishes well before eating it.

Furthermore, he said authorities will make sure that the affected 6,000 pigs will be disposed properly and will not be sold in markets.

The Bulacan provincial government, along with the Department of Agriculture, has set the culling of the affected pigs tomorrow in accordance with acceptable standards of disposing animals.

Lim said the incident in Pandi will not even raise market prices because the affected hogs represents a very a small percentage as compared to the total hog population.

Based on their Php 108 farm gate prices, Lim estimated that pork retail prices should not go beyond Php 170 per kilogram.

Meanwhile, authorities are keeping a close watch on 31 farm hands that were infected with the Ebola Reston Virus.

Experts are puzzled on how the virus was transmitted from the affected pigs to the workers who appeared healthy and without signs of sickness.

Ebola Reston Virus is known to be non-pathogenic to humans. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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