- FDA oks redistribution of Mekeni pork-based products
- The company submitted independent tests and reports on corrective measures for clearance
- Results show that their pork meat products, facilities, equipment and raw materials are 100% negative of the ASF virus
Pampanga-based Mekeni can now redistribute Mekeni Food Corp.’s pork-based products as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already given them the clearance last Friday.
Mekeni said in a statement, “The need for FDA clearance arose when specific batches of Mekeni Picnic Red Classic Hotdog 500g and Skinless Longaniza 200g were tested positive for DNA traces of African Swine Fever (ASF).”
It can be recalled that the meat-processing company voluntarily withdrew their products from the market last October 26 because of speculations of African Swine Fever (ASF) contamination.
Mekeni President Prudension Garcia said in retrospect “During that difficult time, even if we knew that the business will be greatly affected, we chose to uphold our core values and put the welfare of the general public above all else.”
The Department of Health said that ASF virus pose no risk to humans but the company took the issue seriously and committed to 100% thorough testing to ASF.
Tests provided by the Department of Agriculture indeed revealed a couple were positive of the ASF virus.
Mekeni gave reports to Undersecretary and FDA officer-in-charge Rolando Enrique Domino on November 22 their corrective actions as well as results of tests conducted by a leading inspection and verification company Standard Global Services (SGS).
The FDA’s letter of approval stated, “Upon due evaluation of the submitted documents and as agreed during our meeting, please be advised that this Office allows the redistribution of these processed pork meat products that tested negative for ASF.”
The company announced that the FDA clearance and SGS results are assurances that all Mekeni pork-based products from now on as well as its production materials, equipment and facilities are 100% negative of the ASF virus.
The company will still continue to do periodic testing as well as assign a food safety and quality officer to safeguard their products from potential contamination.
Furthermore, they will work closely with the DA, DOH and NMIS (National Meat Inspection Service) to create plans to stop the spread of ASF and prevent other meat processing companies to experience the same.