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In light of recent news that several provinces have started issuing total bans on the entry of live and processed pork products from various parts in Luzon, San Miguel Foods assures the government and the public that its products are absolutely safe to eat and not affected by the African Swine Fever. These products should therefore be made available nationwide for consumers to continue to enjoy.
It is important to note, though, that ASF does not affect humans and therefore does not pose any risk to human health.
Nevertheless, San Miguel Foods follows the strictest animal health and biosecurity protocols. Its chilled, frozen, and processed pork are produced from company-controlled hog breeding, growing, slaughtering, and manufacturing facilities. Its refrigerated and canned meats are cooked with heat above 70 degrees, thereby destroying harmful viruses, including ASF.
Meanwhile, all hogs are fed with sanitized feeds from our B-MEG plants using raw materials that are checked for contaminants that may affect food safety. Our hog growing farms are kept separate from our breeding animals in order to minimize cross contamination and break potential disease cycles. Our animal health programs are preventive in nature and are centered around biosecurity, disinfection and vaccination.
Regular surveillance for diseases through laboratory testing of blood and tissue samples are done to detect any incidence of disease and develop prevention and control measures before each instance develops into an outbreak situation. We currently test for African Swine Fever using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and have not detected positive reactors in any of our farms nationwide.
Our slaughter plants are constantly monitored by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). Each hog is inspected before slaughter while each carcass is certified as disease-free before delivery to our meat shops and distributors.
Furthermore, we can guarantee that San Miguel Foods fully complies with government guidelines on Good Animal Health Practice (GAHP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
Considering all these, we believe that our properly inspected, certified, and ASF-free pork products, whether fresh, processed, refrigerated, or canned, should be allowed entry throughout the country for our consumers to enjoy.
We remain fully committed to the highest standards of quality and food safety in all our products.