Consumers advised to look for NMIS seal before buying pork meat
UNTV News • September 12, 2019 • 1646
MANILA, Philippines – The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) advises consumers to make sure that the pork meat they are buying has passed the agency’s safety inspection.
This goes with processed or pork-based products that are made available in local markets.
The NMIS said, whether the pork comes from commercial or backyard farms, the process of inspection remain the same before the pigs are slaughtered and sold to the public.
Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses without veterinary health certificate and shipping permit.
The animal will have to be checked first if it is healthy and free of abnormalities before it is slaughtered.
After the pig is slaughtered, its meat or pork will also be checked before they are sent out to public markets.
“Hindi po kinakatay sa mga katayan ang mga baboy na walang tamang dokumento, (Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses unless they have proper documents),” said NMIS Executive Director Reildrin Morales.
The NMIS said consumers should see the agency’s seal at market stalls and on the pork meat itself as proof of safety.
“Huwag po tayong bibili sa kung saan-saan lang kasi doon po ang nagiging problema, (Do not buy [pork] from just anywhere because that’s where the problem begins),” Morales said.
“So meron pong by visual makikita po natin ang stalls pa lang dapat dini-display na ang NMIS certificate nila (Stores should put on display their NMIS certificate as a visual indicator),” he added.
The agency also do not allow backyard raisers to slaughter their animals on their own at home.
Pigs should be transported and slaughtered at accredited slaughterhouses, the agency said.
“Hindi po dapat nagkakatay doon sa backyard slaughtering (Refrain from backyard slaughtering),” Morales called on hog raisers.
“Kasi iyan din po kasi ang magiging problema natin doon sa monitoring, (Because that would cause problem in monitoring),” he added.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is in need of 46 livestock inspectors as part of its program of preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).
These livestock inspectors will be deployed at disease investigation units, surveillance, animal checkpoints, quarantine stations and documentation among other units within the agency. — MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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