BoC to bury smuggled meat
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes and Mortz Ortigoza
ROSALES- Some 5.38 million kilos of rotten smuggled meat contained in 183 container vans are set to be condemned after the Committee on Condemnation decided to bury them for composting.EXPIRED MEAT. Tons of expired meat smuggled into the country will be disposed of at the Wacuman sanitary landfill facility in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
The expired meat would be buried starting on October 11 at the Wacuman Incorporated’s sanitary land fill facility in Sitio Tiyakad, Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan.
This was learned from Engineer Rosendo O. So, chair of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) after a meeting last September 30 called by Bureau of Customs (BoC).
So said the meat, part of the 203 container vans held at the BoC in Manila, are already expired and could endanger the health of the Filipinos.
“It was seized in 2014 but even if frozen, there is a warning on each of the boxes there that they should be consumed before 2016,” The SINAG President cited.
“The first option was for the rotten meat to be disposed of through meat rendering. But the process will take more or less 366 days as only half of the contents of the container van could be rendered in a day. A van contains 29,400 kilograms of rotten meat,” So said.
Meat rendering, according to Wikipedia, is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal products into more useful materials, or, more narrowly, to the rendering of whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow.
The container vans are deposited at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) area of the BoC.
So said the Committee and the BoC have decided to unplug the container vans in a weekly interval to defrost their contents, and after a week these will be transported to the sanitary landfill site.
The plan was approved by the Department of the Environment and Resources for environmental safety and the Department of Health for health concerns.
“The composted materials (organic fertilizers) will be distributed to farmers,” So said.
Recall that the smuggled meat entered the country starting 2013. Calls for then President Benigno S. Aquino III and the BoC to stop smuggling were unheeded.
It was also learned that some container vans had slipped from the MICP and have penetrated market areas in the northern part of the country.
From the original 2013 container vans, 20 were whisked outside the BoC by the importers.
So said 143 were consigned to Lean Pasture Trading, Lucky Sisters Meat Trading and Jcore Enterprises.
The owners of 40 containers are still to be identified.
If given value, the contents of the 183 container are worth Php 22 million
The great escape.
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