Shortage of Christmas ham feared due to African swine fever – DTI Iloilo

There is limited supply of ham in the market, says Department of Trade and Industry-Iloilo Consumer Protection Division chief Ma. Dorita Chavez. REUTERS
There is limited supply of ham in the market, says Department of Trade and Industry-Iloilo Consumer Protection Division chief Ma. Dorita Chavez. REUTERS

ILOILO City – There is limited supply of ham in the market, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Iloilo Consumer Protection Division chief Ma. Dorita Chavez during a press conference at Muelle Deli and Restaurant here on Oct. 15.

Based on the department’s monitoring, there is no new supply of ham entering the market, and it is expected due to the ban of pork and pork products coming from Luzon.

“Based sang aton mga monitored establishments, wala pa gid sang supply nga nagsulod, but gina anticipate ang shortage kay sang African Swine Fever sa Luzon,” Chavez said.

DTI Iloilo assistant regional director Ermelinda Pollentes said that as the general public gear up for Christmas, the demand for pork products increase, and whenever the supply is not enough to meet the demand, a shortage occurs.

Kapag Christmas ang demand damo (for pork and pork products). That’s why i-anticipate ta siguro gid man kay wala na foresee ang ASF. The same lang gyapon ang supply nga available. Kapag ang supply constant and ang demand dako, may shortage nga matabo,” Pollentes said.

Meanwhile, Chavez noted that there is no suggested retail price (SRP) for ham yet. The SRP is still the same as what has been released on Oct. 13 last year.

DTI, however, assured the public that there are sufficient stocks of other noche buena products available in markets and stores./PN

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