This brand of luncheon meat tests positive for African swine fever virus, according to the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry.

Luncheon meat seized at Clark airport tainted with African swine fever virus

DAVAO CITY – The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has confirmed that the canned goods seized from a returning Filipino at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga in March are contaminated with the African swine fever virus, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Friday, June 14.

Piñol said the BAI’s virulogy section, led by Dr Rachel Azul, isolated the virus from the cans of pork luncheon meat brought in from Hong Kong in March, through the ASF Taqman Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay at the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDRL) in Region 3.

Azul added, however, that the latest findings should serve as a warning to the swine industry and to Filipinos who continued to bring in pork products from the affected countries despite the ban.

Photo from the official Facebook page of Manny Pinol

Source: Rappler.com

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