Sinag: Don’t eat imported expired meat

December 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – The Samahang Industriya ng Magsasaka warned consumers against buying and consuming imported expired meat which have reached even far-flung villages.
Rosendo So, president of the Samahang Industriya ng Pilipinas, said the expired meat are brought to the town public markets at two to three in the morning and tricycles are already waiting to distribute the frozen but expired to the barangays.
The “system” was adopted by unscrupulous businessmen because the National Meat Inspection Service  is strictly monitoring the public markets where the expired meat are usually dumped. So said.
He said imported meats being sold in the local markets must be packed in one or two kilos and must have brand and expiration date on the package.
“Expired meat, although frozen, have off-color, and consumers could get sick from it. To be safe, let us just buy meat of newly butchered animals,” he said.
So said the search continues for the missing 34 container vans of expired meat that are either still inside the ports or have been clandestinely released.
A total of  45 out of the 203 container vans full of expired meat were earlier declared as missing. Eleven vans were found to have been released on November 6 to 8 to identified consignees,  but the meat  did not undergo phytosanitary inspection.
The imported meat entered the country  from Belgium, France and United States from January to September this year.
We are still locating the 34 container vans, while the remaining 158 vans are guarded against being released,” So said.
The meat have been stored in their countries of origin for a long time before they were brought to the Philippines, he added.
Each container van contains 25,000 kilos of  meat but were declared as offal or intestines, jowls, head and other low-priced parts of animals.
This means the 203 vans contain a total of 5,075,000 kilos of meat declared to cost P50 a kilo.
At P50 per kilo, the contents of a van is P1,250,000.
But  the meat are sold at P100 per kilo so each container van can go up to P2.5 million, so the businessmen can easily earn P1 million for each van, So said.
Local meat producers with 1,000 sows on the other hand, can earn only P1 million a month, he said

 

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