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Mekeni Food Corp. ISO certification washes away ASF doubts

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CLARK FREEPORT – The ISO (International Standardization Organization) Certification of Mekeni Food Corporation (MFC) washed away any doubts on the reported contamination of two of its products.

Thus, after almost a month of closure and lending its full cooperation in the investigation of the African swine fever (ASF) virus in two of its products, MFC has now obtained documents from pertinent government department and agencies which shows MFC negative for ASF and safe for consumption.

It has since resumed full operations since last week.

Pruds Garcia, MFC president, broke the news during the Balitaan media forum organized by the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) in cooperation with the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) at the Bale Balita here on Friday.

Garcia said they earlier, they have voluntarily recalled all their pork-based products from the market on October 26 after due consultation with their employees because of the ASF contamination report and placed all their products for testing.

“It is unfortunate that despite our adherence to regulatory protocols, specific batches of two of our products, Mekeni Picnic Hotdog Regular 500g and Mekeni Skinless Longaniza (Uncooked) 200g, were found to have DNA traces of ASF,” MFC said in an earlier statement.

MFC is the first recipient of ISO 22000 — Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Certified Meat Plant in Asia and in the Philippines and second in the world.

This only proves that we adhere to the highest standards of food safety in our products, said Garcia.

MFC is also Halal-certified and uses only the finest and the best of ingredients and meat in every product.

MFC was conferred as compliant to Food Safety System Certification (FSSC), the most comprehensive international standards on food safety and quality.

It is also a recipient of the following recognitions: International Quality Awards of Gold (2012) in Geneva, Switzerland; Platinum (2013), in Frankfurt Germany; and Diamond (2016) in Paris, France.

For 30 years now, we value the highest standard of quality and safety in all our products, Garcia said.

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