Dr. Rose Vincoy was referring to the 1-7-10 protocol contained in an administrative order issued by the Department of Agriculture, under which quarantine checkpoints shall be set up in areas within a one-kilometer radius of suspected farms to monitor the movement of live pigs, pork, and pork products.
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ASF protocol for commercial farms lenient?
Lorraine L. Ecarma (The Freeman) - October 21, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu’s provincial veterinarian has expressed concerns on the disparity in the protocol used for containing African Swine Fever (ASF) virus for commercial farms versus the backyard farms.

Dr. Rose Vincoy was referring to the 1-7-10 protocol contained in an administrative order issued by the Department of Agriculture, under which quarantine checkpoints shall be set up in areas within a one-kilometer radius of suspected farms to monitor the movement of live pigs, pork, and pork products.

The same protocol provides that within a seven-kilometer radius, authorities shall conduct surveillance and limiting animal movement.

Farm owners within the 10-kilometer radius are mandated to report any disease to the DA.

However, Vincoy is worried that for commercial farms, swine in areas within the one-kilometer radius of infection are allowed to be shipped out as long as they are found negative during the ample testing.

According to the DA protocol, movement out of pigs intended for slaughter from the 1-km zone is allowed only if weekly tests of ASF are being done to ensure freedom from the disease.

An initial blood test is required from pigs in the 1-km zone wherein which they would be held on the area for seven days.

Second blood tests will then be administered. If the pigs test negative, they are allowed to be slaughtered in the nearest AA class slaughterhouses.

“But are we sure that these slaughterhouses are of AA class, considering that there are many local meat establishments?” Vincoy asked.

Vincoy contrasted the protocol for commercial farms with the protocol for backyard farms, in which all pigs within the 1-km zone will be subject to culling and thus completely barred from being shipped out or transported.

“All live backyard pigs within the 1 km radius are to be included in a pre-emptive culling and destruction,” the protocol for backyard farm reads under the DA order.

Since the confirmation of ASF cases in the original areas in Rizal and Bulacan, the virus has spread to nearby Luzon areas such Quezon, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Because of this, Cebu remains unrelenting to pressures by the DA and the Department of Interior and Local Governance to lift the ASF ban, said Vincoy.

To recall, a temporary ban on hogs and pork products from Luzon was hoisted in Cebu in order to prevent entry of the ASF virus into the province.

So far, Cebu remains ASF-free. (FREEMAN)

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