FDA confiscates P7-M worth of imported meat products

Aileen Cerrudo
Courtesy : Dr. Paul Tolentino Floranda

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly confiscated P7 million worth of imported meat products across the country.

That is equivalent to 16,000 canned products.

The FDA has inspected over 50 establishments to check if they are selling imported meat products that came from countries affected by African swine fever.

Department of Health (DOH) Spokesman Usec. Eric Domingo said they have already recalled several of the meat products.

“Actually mahigit 50 na establishments, groceries at tsaka mga distributors ang nahulihan natin na mayroon nitong mga banned products natin na ito. At sineal na natin ito, Nag- seize na rin tayo at tsaka nag-recall, (We’ve actually caught over 50 establishments, groceries, and distributors selling banned products. We have seized and sealed them already and have recalled some),” he said.

Domingo reiterated that imported pork meat and products are not allowed to enter the country. He also advised Filipinos who will be returning home to not bring any of the banned products.

“Anything from unprocessed na frozen meat halimbawa bawal iyon pero pati mga produkto na na-processed na. Halimbawa iyong mga de lata o kaya mga kakanin or pagkain na containing meat products lalo na kung pork ay talagang hindi natin pinapayagan na makapsok ito, (Anything from unprocessed frozen meat, for example, is banned. It also includes processed products like canned meat or food containing meat products. We ban these from entering the country),” he said.

The DOH spokesperson said the country will continue to have strict implementations on pork products until the African swine fever is resolved abroad.

The FDA provided a list of countries affected by the African swine fever.

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Lativia
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine
  • Zambia
  • Mongolia
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • North Korea  

—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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