The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. reassured consumers that their products are safe to eat following reports that some provinces have been banning their goods amid African swine fever fears.
PAMPI has issued a new statement, vouching for the safety and cleanliness of its products.
“Processed meats/processed pork-based products are cooked at temperatures ranging from 70 degrees Celsius to 116 degrees Celsius for 40-60 minutes. At those cooking temperatures, the ASF virus is killed,” the group said.
PAMPI noted that it only gets its pigs from ASF-free areas.
“Pork-based products that are produced by PAMPI members are guaranteed to be wholesome and safe for human consumption,” PAMPI said.
“In conclusion, it is best for national or local authorities to look for the cause(s) of the spread and transmission of the ASF virus elsewhere, rather than processed meat products,” it added.