In response to the recent order of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated May 27, 2019 to pull out processed pork products from countries affected by the African Swine Fever, we are temporarily taking Ma Ling Luncheon Meat off the shelves.
“The public is advised to exercise extreme caution in purchasing and consuming processed pork meat products and is advised to only consume processed pork meat products which are sourced from countries other than the above listed countries suspected to be affected by ASF virus, and are registered with the FDA,” the document read.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol also released a statement that that the virus could thrive even in processed goods.
“While we consider Ma Ling and other processed pork products as minimal risk products, we still would like to pursue the banning of these products because we cannot take chances because according to experts the ASF virus can survive the processing and even heat used in the processing,” Secretary Piñol said.
In a separate interview, Robert Go, president of the Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu Chapter, said the ban on importation and sale of processed pork, including Ma Ling and other products from China, has no effect on local retailers because majority of the supermarkets are not importing, distributing and selling meat products from China.