BAI to recommend ban on beef, chicken importation from Brazil due to contamination

UNTV News   •   July 11, 2017   •   4963

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MANILA, Philippines — BAI to recommend ban on beef, chicken importation from Brazil after almost 500 kilograms of beef and chicken meat tested positive of salmonella bacteria.

The meat products were part of the 18 shipments from Brazil that arrived between May 10 to June 20 this year.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) revealed that the shipments were already delivered to local meat processors before the result of the laboratory test was released.

But the agency has explained that the bacteria will eventually die upon cooking or when processed.

“It’s a [type of] food poisoning that would cause diarrhea but it is not fatal,”  Bureau of Animal Industry director, Simeon Amurao said.

For this reason, BAI will recommend to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to ban the importation of beef and chicken from Brazil while the national meat inspection service inspects all arriving shipments.

For their part, importers said the ban will affect fast-food chains. It will cause a spike in prices of canned and processed meat  such as hotdogs that use beef and chicken.

They said BAI inspections should adhere with international guidelines.

“Within half million to five million population of bacteria [present in meat,] that meat is considered fit for human consumption,” Meat Importers and Traders Association president Jess Cham said.

Meanwhile, the price of pork in markets remains at P240 per kilogram while chicken is at P150.

Vendors say, even if they buy meat at a higher price from dealers, they cannot sell them at a higher price because they consider the capacity of their customers.

“They said hog feed is expensive,” said Len Mallado, a pork meat vendor at Nepa Q-Mart.

Chicken meat vendor Maila Frias said, “We don’t want to mark up because our customers are being burdened.”

BAI said the price of pork should go down because the farm gate price is now lower.

“The farm gate price before was P140. Now it’s P130. Perhaps agents and retailers are taking advantage of the situation,” DA Bureau of Animal Industry Simeon Amurao said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

DA takes on challenge to achieve 2% growth in agriculture

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is taking on the challenge to exert all efforts to enable the country’s agriculture sector to grow by at least 2 percent (2%) per year.

This is based on the challenge posed by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez for the DA to fulfill a 2% annual growth target for the agriculture sector to keep it ahead of the country’s population expansion rate.

“We accept his challenge. He [Dominguez] has been instrumental in paving the way for the Department to shine, especially as the Philippines faces one of its biggest threats, the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to DA Secretary William D. Dar.

According to the Agriculture Department, crops, such as palay and corn, fisheries and poultry production are expected to bring in the positive numbers to achieve the 2% annual growth target.

The country is already facing a recession as economy drops to 16.5%. AAC

Brazil’s Bolsonaro seen without face mask as first lady tests positive for COVID-19

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was seen removing his face mask at a public event after his wife tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (July 30), and the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.

Just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle has tested positive, the presidential office said in a statement.

“First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” it said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Their infections are a palpable sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday (July 29) for new COVID-19 cases and related fatalities.

The 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Health Ministry, pushed the country past 2.5 million infections and 90,000 killed.

Pontes made his announcement on Facebook, saying he was quarantining and working remotely. (Reuters)

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DA-BAI assures no broilers affected by bird flu in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported a confirmed case of bird flu or a highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), at a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga.

Upon confirming the report, the department immediately sent a composite team of veterinarians and animal health officers to the area to apply emergency control measures to contain the spread of the bird disease. 

The team also conducted disease surveillance around the infected farm.

“The team humanely culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed off of them properly, employing the protocols under the Avian Influenza Protection Program of the Philippine Government,” DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo reported.

All personnel involved in the disease control measures were strictly monitored by the health office of San Luis, said Domingo.

Domingo has assured that there were no reports or detection of A(H5N6) among broilers, the primary source of poultry meat, in the area.

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