SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique provincial office on Thursday intensified its campaign against the entry of African swine fever (ASF) by monitoring the online sellers of pork-based products from outside of Western Visayas.
“We are intensifying our campaign because of reports about online sellers of pork-based products from other places, “ said Lynna Joy Cardinal, DTI Antique information officer, in an interview on Thursday.
She added that a random check of online sellers will be carried out and they would also get in touch to inform them that pork-based products from areas affected by ASF are prohibited in Antique.
“We also would like the consumers in the province to be informed about the Provincial Ordinance 2020-242 against the trading of canned goods and other food items containing pork,” Cardinal said.
The ordinance prohibits the carrying, transport, shipment, distribution, and sale of live pigs, boar semen, pork, and pork products from areas affected by ASF.
“DTI as member of the ASF Task Force spearheaded by the Provincial Veterinary Office, we have to intensify our campaign because of the tendency that the pork-based products being sold online could still get through the borders,” she said. (PNA)