PH hog raisers welcome DA move vs US meat shipment


DAGUPAN CITY—Hogs and poultry raisers on Saturday welcomed the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) move to put restrictions on imported meat products for American troops’ use in the Philippines.

Rosendo So, president of the Northern Luzon Hog Raisers Cooperative and director of the Swine Development Council, said no importer of meat products must be exempted from securing the required documents to bring in imports.

These documents include the sanitary and phyto sanitary (SPS) clearance from the Bureau of Animal Industry and the veterinary quarantine and meat inspection and laboratory certificates.

In December, the DA stopped the release of assorted meat products meant for United States soldiers deployed to the Philippines because the American importers did not undergo complete quarantine procedures.

Six container vans of assorted goods, including frozen meat products, remained on hold in a cold storage in Laguna after being stopped by DA inspectors last year because of the absence of an SPS clearance.

“The problem is that part of the food shipments from the US had already been released without quarantine inspection. What if these are contaminated?” So said.

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) admitted some 300 kilograms of meat products in the container vans were released last week. The rest of the shipment will be released after the matter is settled at a meeting, it said.

Officials from the US Defense Logistics Agency and the US Department of Agriculture are expected to meet on Jan. 16 with officials from the Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the NMIS.

Lesly Gelin, forward logistics specialist and contracting officer representative, said in a letter to the NMIS that the meat products from the US had already been inspected and approved by the US Department of Agriculture.

“The products are shipped in care of the US Embassy in Manila and are therefore exempted from additional inspection… These products will not be distributed to the local population,” Gelin said.

But So said that releasing the meat products without inspection will unnecessary put the country’s biosecurity at risk. “This might affect our local meat products for export,” he said.

On Saturday, US Embassy public affairs officer Luke Meinzen was quoted in an e-mail response as saying that the Jan. 16 meeting would try to “establish acceptable import protocols and procedure for all future military shipments of food products to resupply US military units in the Philippines and US naval ships in the region.” Gabriel Cardinoza and Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • Todd

    Let them buy locally produced meat. It will be good for the economy. Practice mercantilism.

    • Loggnat

       Agreed. But first they have to pass the strict US Ag. Dept. inspection and obtain all the proper documents before they buy and allow the products to be consumed by the US troops. They too can play that game….:).

      • beerhunters

        Exactly. Absolutely No to filipino standard of “puwede na ‘yan ” or “palusot”. All must pass US standards and requirements!

  • Garo Ungaro

    If we want the american, buy our food products. then follow and raise the food standard to american food standard level…You cannot jeopardize the safety of anybody base on the local food standard. What is acceptable to us, maybe not acceptable to USAD. if our local standard pass and approve then you can complain…even americans had to pass quarantine. If they suspect health issues…how much more the food standard?…We are not there yet. food standard in the west is so strict, that you will not make money…if you will follow their strict food standards no matter, how good and fresh the food products,If they suspect violations.They will destroy it for health safety.

  • Practicalandconcerned

    If there purpose ins for standards then that’s absurd coz they hav a better system… But if the purpose is to harass for more business/money then I think that is more straight forward

    • joboni96

      utak kolonisado

      • Practicalandconcerned

        Boxed in

      • joboni96

        pro pilipino

      • Joe Kano

         walang utak

      • joboni96

        kulit cia joe
        umuwi ka na

  • joboni96

    masama ang mga u.s. bases sa ating interes

    ipapahamak na tayo sa mga gerra
    ng imperyalistang u.s.

    u.s. – kastila war           1898
    pilipino – u.s. war           1899-1912    1+ million pilipinos died
    u.s. – japan war              ww2             nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
    u.s. – vietnam war          1960s-70s     used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties
    u.s. – tsina war              20??             modern weapons will result in high casualties

    sisiraan pa ang mga hog growers natin

    layas mga imperyalistang u.s.

    • Joe Kano

      You should seriously consider dropping shallow and predictable political analysis and becoming a hog farm s hit shoveler.

  • Cobra

    All the DA inspectors want is money to approve this for release even if they dont necessarily have the expertise or capabilities in conducting test according to world best practice.Pera pera lang yan mahirap lunukin pero sa Pinas mismo maraming botcha sa mga palengke di nahuhuli ng DA.For sure sa USA walang botcha lalo pagkain yan para sa US soldiers.Like drug test when renewing licenses wala naman talagang test pera pera lang wala ngang lab equipments sa mga suppose to be na test centers.

  • Joe Kano

    The hog and poultry raisers are obviously attempting to protect their market and become the exclusive suppliers of meat to US forces in the Philippines.
    No surprise there.
    But perhaps this should be viewed by the rest of us as an opportunity to push toward raising Philippine food inspection and health protection standards to those of the US.
    That would seem to benefit more Filipinos than merely attempting to inflate a petty market protectionism concern into an international incident by getting the usual pseudo-nationalists and political cranks all excited yet again to simply create or protect a business monopoly to mainly benefit a wealthy few.

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