Fast food chains urged to source local pork

THE decision by some fast food chains to stop serving pork products puts the African swine fever (ASF) -free Davao region in a bad light, a pig farmers’ association said.

In a telephone interview with SunStar Davao, Hog Farmers Association of Davao, Inc. (Hogfadi) president Eduardo So said that some Davao City branches of Manila-based restaurants like Chowking have stopped serving pork because their source of pork is in Manila.

He said it gives the impression that the Davao region is heavily affected by the disease.

Davao City is one of the areas in the region that currently enforces a strict import ban on pork and has remained ASF-free.

“Bad to pork amoa nawala in the kay manila ilang source menu. ASF-free kit, walay baby food kit. The consumer has not been shy about being affected by mali,” So said.

(It’s bad for us that they are removing pork products from their menu because they bought them in Manila. We were the ones who couldn’t eat any produce when we were a PPA-free region. Consumers would hesitate and we seem to be affected)

He said fast food companies can still source pork in Mindanao.

“Supply of Daghan labels. Wala gyud problema sa atong supply (We have no problems with our supply). They are always welcome to invest in Mindanao. Pwede man sila magkuha diri (they can buy pork here), ”he said.

He said these fast food chains do not even explain their decision to the public, escalating negative speculation from the population.

So that would also affect their production, as these restaurants can be good markets for their pigs.

“The mag mahitabo cut the production and demand for tapos and the supply of kita and sad,” he said.

(This will force us to cut our production as there is no demand and if we run out of supply we will be blamed)

Last year, some Chowking branches in the city stopped offering their pork food products such as dumplings, siomai, shanghai rolls, sweet and sour pork, and salt and pepper pork.

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