Meat processors claim they were used by smugglers
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) has asked the Bureau of Customs to prosecute meat smugglers who are using the names of some of its members in fake import entries to bring in regulated meat from India.
Malaya Business Insight reported that Felix Tiukinhoy Jr., PAMPI president, wrote Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to clear the names of three PAMPI member-companies that were used to import pork bellies and frozen boneless beef.
Tiukinhoy said his group reportedly discovered the modus operandi in the Customs Watch bulletins in newspapers on March 9 and March 16.
Tiukinhoy, also president of Virginia Foods Inc., branded as “spurious” documents which showed Virginia Foods as the consignee of 28,000 kilograms of buffalo meat allegedly exported by the trading firm as contained in the import entries.
He said buffalo meat from India is a restricted and regulated commodity and the trading firm involved in the export of the meat is not accredited by the Department of Agriculture.
He said Sunpride Foods, another PAMPI member, denied being the consignee of buffalo meat trimmings from the same trading firm.
He added that Frabelle Corp., another PAMPI member, also denied being a consignee of pork bellies imported from India.