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Customs intensifies meat watch

The Bureau of Customs stepped up its efforts of intercepting meat and meat products without import permits to protect the local industry and prevent the entry of food that may contain diseases, in line with its mandate to safeguard the country’s borders.

Since September 1, BOC-NAIA has seized 39kg beef and 17.5kg pork from air passengers who brought the said meat products and failed to present the required import documents which are necessary to ensure that no contaminated meat products enter the borders, the press release said.

A total of 363.75kgs of meat and meat products with no Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) clearance and health certificate were confiscated and turned over by Customs NAIA to BAI-Veterinary Quarantine Services for disposal from January to September 6, 2021.

BOC-NAIA, under the leadership of District Collector Carmelita Talusan, has been strictly monitoring agricultural and other food items and ensuring that proper procedures are followed to guarantee the safety of the consumers and to continuously support BAI in averting possible African Swine Fever outbreaks in the country which may put the local swine industry at risk.

Under the direction of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the Bureau of Customs reiterates that only importers with proper clearances and permits from government agencies tasked to regulate certain commodities such as the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry, and Food and Drug Administration, among others can import meat and meat products into the country.*PR

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