A group of 270 fish pond operators, NGOs, feed manufacturers, commercial fishers, fishermen and aquaculture industry regulators have joined forces to express gratitude to Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcus Jr. and the Department of Agriculture for re-allowing the import of processed products. Animal proteins (PAP), an indispensable component of the aqua feed industry.
“with this [order of the President]The aquaculture industry in the Philippines will resume its steady growth again. This decision will provide the Filipinos with an inexpensive and adequate supply of fish and provide the population with their daily allowance of required protein. This is another step closer towards achieving national food sufficiency,” said Tojon Kabohian, the Food Security and Livelihoods Advocacy Group.
Among the 270 organizations and companies that signed the statement of gratitude are the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Board, the Philippine Fish Producers Association, the Fishing Federation of the Philippines Alliance, Malalag Bay Fishing Cage Operators and Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance, Inc. and the Inter-Island Deep Sea Fishing Association, Inc. and Feedmix Specialist Inc. II, Dobe Export International, Oversea Feeds Corp. and CDT Farm and Finfish Hatcheries, Inc. and Frabelle Group, fishpond, and fish cage owners and operators nationwide.
In its appearances, the group said that aquaculture feed mills source PAP from European companies that only use Class 3 materials. Under Article 10 of EU Regulation (EC) 1069/2009, Class 3 materials only include parts from animals that have passed certified slaughterhouses and are considered fit for human consumption.
PAP’s safety is based on science, Tojon Kapohian said. The World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) cited Wild Animal Health Act Section 15.1.23, which states that the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus is inactivated if the meat is heated at 70°C for 30 minutes.
Even assuming the presence of ASF, the group said, the process used to deliver the PAP is more than sufficient to kill or inactivate any virus or pathogen. She added that for this reason, countries such as the United States, Canada and members of the European Union continue to import PAP even from countries affected by ASF.
Furthermore, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has determined that in BAI-certified facilities, the rendering process that converts raw materials into PAP takes place at temperatures up to 130 °C during hydrolysis and drying.
Tojon Kapohian explained that the manufacture of aquaculture feed subjects all ingredients, including PAP, to very high temperatures, noting that the manufacturing process for those who would be allowed to use PAP by regulations also ensures that any pathogens are killed.
Moreover, 45 to 60 days shipping of PAP imported from countries like Italy cripples any ASF contamination
“The public should know that due to scientifically based data, PAP as an important ingredient in aqua feed production is safe from any bacteria or viruses, including African Swine Fever. As a food security advocacy group, we will never endorse anything that would affect On our food safety and sufficiency,” said Tojon Kabuhian.