PIA Press Release
Monday, January 02, 2012
NMIS confiscates dog food, duck meatby Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
MANILA, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) confiscated several bags of dog food from a shipment from China that arrived recently at the Manila South Harbor, a statement from the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
The DA said the agency's Veterinary Quarantine Service discovered the shipment together with non-agricultural products.
Upon inspection and verification, authorities found out that the animal feeds did not have a Veterinary Quarantine Clearance from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
Authorities said the products were also not registered with the BAI-Animal Feed Standard Division .
BAI director Efren C. Nuestro pointed out that although said items were declared for personal use, the importer must adhere to the guidelines on proper registration and accreditation procedures in order to ensure that only quality products would reach local markets.
Out of the 60 bags confiscated items, a total of 24 bags (480 kg) were turned over to BAI's Property Division for proper disposal, while the rest of the confiscated products remained with the NMIS.
In another incident, the NMIS seized 15 kl of duck meat at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at Clarkfield, Pampanga recently.
The confiscated commodity originated from South Korea, the DA said.
South Korea is not an Avian Flu-free country, based on DA Memo No. 2 dated Jan. 5, 2010.
In order to maintain the status of the Philippines as a bird flu-free country, the authorities suggested condemnation of the confiscated animal products by burning and burying. (DA/RJB/JCRP-PIA NCR)