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Price patrol: DA conducts surprise meat inspections in Quezon City supermarkets

The Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted surprise inspections at three supermarkets in Quezon City on Tuesday to ensure the availability and affordability of meat for local residents.

Concerns over rising meat prices, particularly pork belly (liempo) reaching a P420 per kilo in some markets, prompted the DA’s action.

Undersecretary for Livestock Deogracias Victor Savellano, speaking after the surprise visits, emphasized the importance of providing consumers with options during this period.

Of the three supermarkets, the lowest price is at P345 per kg. of liempo, P263 per kg. of pork kasim, and P160 per kg. of chicken.

In a separate interview, DA Assistant Secretary Arnel De Mesa confirmed an increase in the farmgate price of pork due to the persistent threat of African swine fever (ASF).

He, however, noted that the retail price should not reach as high as P420 per kg. in the public markets.

Meanwhile, Savellano said the DA would seek alternative solutions and engage in discussions with the feeds section to lower production costs in the livestock sector.

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