Dr. Geovanny Molina, director of the General Directorate of Livestock (Digega), assured that the Dominican population “has nothing to worry about” in terms of pork consumption.
“We reiterate that the population has nothing to worry about, pork is fit for consumption. In the Dominican Republic there are no animal diseases that represent a danger to consumers,” said the official.
He said that the surveys carried out by Digega technicians showed that the facilities where the pigs were affected do not have any biosecurity measures, footbaths, registration of visits, or separation of areas, so they must be improved.
“Our Animal Health technicians keep visiting the country’s swine producers to assist them in their farms and guide them on the correct way to raise pigs in the interest of contributing to national production,” said Molina.
He also said that for the last two weeks no more cases of swine deaths have been reported in the border area.
He also emphasized that they have been doing the surveys for more than a month and it was determined that the problem in the first case was pneumonia.
According to Geovanny Molina, samples have been sent to North American laboratories to rule out other diseases.
In the Dominican Republic there are more than 15,000 pig farmers, who send to slaughter about 100,000 pigs per month, which shows that the pork sector in the country is “big and strong”. In addition, it generates more than 300,000 jobs in the country.
“Our pork sector is very important in the country and we cannot allow unnecessary and ill-intentioned alarm to be raised. Our technicians are always attentive and vigilant so that every day we have a healthy animal population and without presenting risks to consumers,” said the official.