5.6M kilos smuggled pork to be buried – Sinag
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – “Sorry prisoners, the 5.6 million kilos of smuggled pork are not for you,” said the president of anti-smuggling group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG), saying the seized 183 containers of imported meat would be buried instead of being fed to thousands of prisoners all over the country.
Engineer Rosendo So said the remaining 183 refrigerated vans that were part of the 203 container vans held at the Bureau of Customs (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.
He was thankful that the vans have been impounded because aside from gnawing at the profit of the “backyard Filipino hog raisers,” who composed 70 percent of the swine industry, the meat could endanger the buyers of street foods like “bola-bola, siomai, and others”
The BoC should be subjecting them to rendering for feeds but the process was slow so they opted to bury them.
Rendering, So explained, is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value added materials like feeds.
The decision was approved by the Department of the Environment and Resources and the Department of Health, according to him.
He cited that from the original 2013 container vans, 20 were whisked outside the BoC by the importers.
He 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.
The SINAG president said if given value, the contents of the 183 container are worth Php 322 million.
“183 containers multiplied by 5.3 kilos multiplied by sixty pesos equal three hundred twenty two million pesos,” he told Pulso ng Masa’s program at DZRD 981 Sonshine Radio here.
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