TO MEET consumer demand, Cebu’s fast food chains are once again offering pork dishes.
Rolando Tambago, president of the Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative (CeViPPCo), told SunStar Cebu that fast food chains have started buying meat from producers and suppliers in Cebuano.
âCebu’s fast food chains are turning to local sources because of Cebu Province’s Executive Orders (OEs),â he said.
Chinese fast food chain Chowking has announced that its bestseller, Pork Chao Fan, has been back on the menu since its unavailability in October 2019.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has extended the ban on shipments of live pigs, pork, pork-related products, by-products and boar semen from Luzon until June 30, 2020.
The ban was supposed to be lifted on December 28, 2019, but it was extended after products from a meat processing company in Luzon tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).
Fast-food chains first used local semi-processing companies who also sourced meat from large pork producers and backyard farmers in Cebu.
âThe supply started last October. They engaged with us last September through talks, but it wasn’t easy for these fast food chains due to the exact cuts and pork specs, but now they are sourced locally, â Tambago said.
CeViPPCo reported a 20% drop in sales since September 2019, following ASF fear.
âSales were slow from September, October to November, but they picked up,â Tambago said.
After a province-wide information campaign, Tambago said consumer confidence in pork has returned. Sales returned to normal last month, he said.
However, Tambago said he didn’t know how long this new deal would last because before the ban, fast food chains in the central Visayas were getting their pork from Luzon.
In the latest situation update provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Philippines, 497 Luzon barangays have been affected and 136,770 pigs had to be slaughtered, as of November 30 2019.
âThe Philippines has implemented their 1-7-10 protocol to manage, contain and control the spread of the disease, ie all pigs within a one kilometer radius of infected farms will be slaughtered; limiting animal movements and pig farms will be subject to strict monitoring and testing within a seven-kilometer radius; pig farms located within a radius of 10 kilometers will be required to submit a mandatory disease report, âFAO said on its website.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Central Visayas, in a previous interview, said it would introduce other livestock animals to farmers like goats, cows and chickens, among others, in case the ASF succeeds. to infiltrate the region. (JOB)