IF it comes from a pig or has pork in it, especially if it’s from Luzon, then it’s banned. Here’s a list of some of the products from Luzon that are in the African Swine Fever watch list in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental: bacon, ham, tocino, meat loaf, mechado, chicharon, siopao, siomai langgonisa and chorizo, hotdogs, sausages, and frozen boar semen.
But city hall and capitol officials yesterday clarified that at least one of the item in their lists is neither considered food nor a local delicacy in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental: iced semen of an uncastrated male hog.
Dr. Lucien Anthony Acac and Dr. Benjamin Resma, city hall and capitol veterinarians, respectively, said frozen boar semen was included in their lists because this could bring ASF into the city and province from Luzon, and not because people in this part of the country eat the animal’s seminal fluid.
They explained that frozen boar semen are being used by hog raisers for artificial insemination. (Nitz Arancon)