Pork Sales Surge Amid ARV Concerns

Sunday, September 10, 2023

The misuse of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to treat or fatten pigs and chickens hasn’t affected the demand for these products, according to local dealers.

Deogracias Agenonga, operator of Kampala-based Pork Junction, stated that business is proceeding as usual, even with concerns about ARV-laced products. Some people believe that fatty parts of pork can help those with HIV/AIDS.

Uganda has a high consumption rate of pork and chicken, with the average person consuming 3.5kg and 1.5kg per capita, respectively, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Isaac Kalani, operator of Verse One Pork Joint, also reported normal sales figures and explained that pigs from slaughterhouses are checked by doctors for issues related to ARVs.

Testing for ARV contamination is complex and not typically done during standard meat assessments by animal health scientists. Those who buy directly from farmers might encounter lower-priced pork, but it may come with potential risks.

Mr. Ronald Walugembe, operator of Pork Tastes Uganda, mentioned that ARV concerns are not a top priority for them. He attributed fluctuations in pork sales to people’s financial situations.

Concerns about ARV-laced animal products have grown recently following discussions between Parliament’s Committee on HIV/AIDS and the National Drug Authority (NDA). ARVs are primarily intended for treating HIV/AIDS in humans, and their misuse in animals can lead to drug resistance and other health issues.

Efforts to address the problem have faced challenges, including some commercial animal feeds being adulterated with ARVs. Arrests have been made in connection with the illegal possession and sale of ARV drugs.

While the issue has garnered public attention and raised concerns internationally, similar practices have been noted in other countries. Some recommend improving animal conditions and prohibiting the use of medically important antibiotics as growth promoters to address the problem.

Reforming the industry to reduce reliance on antibiotics may be slow and costly, but it’s crucial to prevent antibiotic resistance, which affects both human and animal health.

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