Several fastfood chains in Negros Occidental have stopped serving pork and pork products on their menu, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena confirmed yesterday.
He said Jollibee, Chowking and Mang Inasal have abided with the provincial government’s 90-day ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Luzon, that will end on December 18, to keep the province free from the dreaded African swine fever virus.
These food chains have stopped importing their pork meals from Luzon since the temporary ban was imposed on September 11, Decena said. He added that pork products such as siopao, siomai, tocino, and adobo were not available in their menus.
He said that when he visited one of the food chains, the staff taking orders explained to them why they are not serving pork meals. He was upbeat that the staff and workers were aware of the ban to keep the province ASF-free.
He lauded the business establishments for cooperating with the provincial government. “It’s possible they incurred huge losses for not including pork in their menu, but we appreciate them for abiding with the ban,” he said.
He said the public should “convert” to chicken and beef now that some food chains have stopped serving pork meals.
The provincial government is planning to pass an ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province. The measure will be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan this week.
The proposed ordinance includes fines and penalties for violators.
Decena said the proposed ordinance was submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday.*
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