Manila meat inspection group seizes over 260 kilos of hot meat

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019   •   160

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government meat inspectors on Thursday (November 21), seized about 263.3 kilograms of pork ribs suspected to be double dead or “botcha” during a routine inspection at New Antipolo Market in Blumentritt.

More than 260 kilograms of suspected double dead pork meat was seized by the Manila City Government meat inspectors and the National Meat Inspection Service at past 3 in the morning at the New Antipolo Market on Blumentritt, Manila.

Dr. Nick Santos, Chief of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB), said the confiscated pork ribs are already emitting “foul odor and discoloration.”

The official added that the meat was also “improperly handled and stored.”

He further said that this was a clear violation of Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act as well as the Republic Act No. 10536 or the “Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.”

The seizure of suspected “botcha” was carried out by the Manila VIB in collaboration with the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) Enforcement Team.

“The VIB Enforcement Squad Team is intensifying its campaign against unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of the Christmas Season for their illegal activities, victimizing the consuming public, particularly our Manileños,” Santos said. /mbmf

NMIS asked to explain ASF-contaminated pork found in supermarket

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Pork sold at a supermarket

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) demands an explanation from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) as to how African Swine Fever or ASF-contaminated pork ended up in the chillers of a supermarket in Quezon City.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar revealed that the City Veterinary Office discovered the ASF-infected meat sometime in December 2019.

“They brought samples from all the chillers and one chiller where the source came from was the only one found positive,” Dar confirmed.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) then confirmed that the said batch of pork was indeed infected with ASF virus.

Dar said the supplier, identified as North Star, was already issued with a notice of closure.

The Secretary added, however, that it is up to the Quezon City government to file charges against the said supplier.

The official calls on supermarket owners not to sell contaminated pork to prevent the spread of ASF. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Vegetable, livestock prices affected by ASF outbreak – DTI

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019

The African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak has already affected the prices of vegetable, fish, chicken and other livestock, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said the price of chicken has gone up by P10 per kilo.

Lopez, however, said this can be counteracted if there will be a low demand for chicken, as what happened in the case of pork products which prices have decreased by P10 to P20 per kilo due to low demand.

The DTI official added that processed meat products sold in marketplaces must go thru the close inspection of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), especially now that there are areas that are confirmed to have ASF outbreak.

“Sabi namin ‘oh i-audit niyo rin iyong mga ginagawa ng meat processors para masigurado na iyong ginagawa nilang meat products [We tell them audit the meat processors so that we will be assured that the meat products they processed] are certified also by NMIS,” Lopez said. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Consumers advised to look for NMIS seal before buying pork meat

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2019

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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