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· P1.5-M worth of smuggled pork belly seized in Tondo
· Lawyer blames ‘illegal’ issuance of pork importation permits for ASF outbreak
P1.5-M worth of smuggled pork belly seized in Tondo
By Marita Moaje, Philippine News Agency
April 28, 2021
MANILA – Boxes of imported pork belly smuggled into the country were confiscated by the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) on Tuesday.
VIB Director Nick Santos said in a statement issued on Tuesday that 302 boxes of pork meat from Germany, with an estimated cost of PHP1.5 million, were seized from the house of a certain Jonabel Jalimao Factor, along Jose Abad Santos Ave. in Tondo, Manila.
Factor’s house was found to have its own cold storage facility where the 6,040 kilos of smuggled pork products were stored.
Manila Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo said Factor claimed his business is registered as Gou Ren Han Food products.
Upon verification, the business name does not exist...
Lawyer blames ‘illegal’ issuance of pork importation permits for ASF outbreak
By: Christia Marie Ramos, Inquirer (Philippines)
April 28, 2021
MANILA, Philippines — The “illegal” issuance of pork importation permits by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) allowed the entry of the African swine fever (ASF) in the country, according to Ramon Cuyco, legal adviser of the Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement for Security and Trade Office (CREST-O) of the Department of Agriculture.
Cuyco revealed this during Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the food security crisis triggered by the ASF outbreak.
He told senators that the BAI issued sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPSICs) for meat products when that function, he said, is reserved for the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under the Meat Inspection Code…
... Cuyco pointed to the “weak” border inspection, which he blamed on the BAI’s legal “incompetence” for supposedly laying hold of an authority that was beyond its functions...
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