Gov assures Bulacan pork is safe

THE PHILIPPINES - Bulacan's provincial government has assured the public that pork meat coming from the province is safe to eat. It follows a Department of Health (DoH) statement yesterday stressing that humans were not susceptible to the illness, which is currently affecting pig populations in some areas of the country.
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He maintained that swine flu, which reportedly infected hogs raised in several provinces in Central Luzon, has not seriously affected the livestock industry. In a weekly breakfast forum in Quezon City, Bulacan Gov. Joselito Mendoza clarified that although Bulacan was hit by the swine flu, the number of infected swine was much less as compared to other provinces.

Mendoza explained that swine infected by CSF or hog cholera were mostly from backyard rearers, whereas in Bulacan, 80 percent of pigs were produced on commercial farms where disease precautions were often much better.

"We want to inform the public that not all pig meat being sold in Metro Manila comes from Bulacan, and Bulacan is not the only province that was infected by hog cholera; But we can assure that meat coming from our province is safe," he said.

Regional officials also believe that some traders are partly to blame for the swine-flu scare. Many have taken advantage of the disease to force small-time rearers to sell their stock at knock-down prices.

Health experts at the Philippines Health Department have said that the Hog Cholera Virus (HCV), otherwise known as Classical Swine Fever, is a contagious disease caused by a specific viral disease of pigs. The hosts are domestic pigs and wild boar sand does not affect any other species.

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