Some of the fastfood chains in Negros Occidental that have stopped serving pork and pork products on their menus may tap the local market to meet their demands , Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said .
Decena met yesterday with the top officials of Jollibee, Chowking and Mang Inasal , who were amenable to the idea of sourcing local pork.
These fastfood chains have stopped importing their pork meals since the 90-day ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Luzon was imposed by the provincial government on September 11 to keep the province free from the dreaded African swine fever virus.
P ork products such as siopao, siomai, tocino, and adobo were not available in their menus.
Decena said he brought the food chain executives to a meat processing plant in Talisay City to see for themselves how the local plant processed pork.
“They asked me how long the ban would take effect. I told them it could last forever since we have a pending provincial ordinance. As an alternative, they are okay with the idea of buying pork from the local hog raisers. But they have to submit their recommendation first to their respective boards,” he said.
He said that outlets of 7-Eleven and Kuya J in the province have started using local pork and pork products.
“They give their ingredients and condiments to the plant in Talisay, that processes their products,” he said.
Should the plan of the three fastfood chains to source pork locally for their outlets in Negros Occidental and nearby provinces push through, they will enter into a tolling agreement with the meat processing plant in Talisay, Decena said.
He said the reason why they preferred to source local pork from Negros Occidental, aside from being a top producer of backyard hogs in the country, was the implementation of the provincial government of the import ban from Luzon and ASF-affected areas.
“They are confident with our implementation, that will ensure the quality of their products,” he added.
Decena also said the demand for local pork continues to increase which is why the provincial government is urging the backyard raisers to produce more.
The price of backyard live weight is at P90 per kilo now, he added.
Meanwhile, the public hearing on the proposed ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province will be on November 19, at 8:30 a.m., at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.*
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