NMIS open to amending Food Safety Act
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is open to amending the Food Safety Act just to get once again the jurisdiction over processed meat products from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Department of Health.
NMIS Executive Director Ernesto Gonzales said he is open to the possibility of proposing certain amendments in the country’s Food Safety Act in case the Executive Order submitted by DOH and DA to the Office of the President— which would transfer the jurisdiction over meat products to NMIS —wouldn’t work.
The purpose of the EO, which must be signed first by President Rodrigo Duterte, is to hold in abeyance the implementation of the latter’s order for NMIS to transfer its jurisdiction over meat products to FDA.
“We talk to Senator Cynthia Villar earlier and she’s keen to bringing it (the jurisdiction over processed meat) back to us. We will see. We also have to go to Congress. We need congressmen to sponsor that move,” Gonzales said.
Philippine Association Of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) Vice President Jerome Ong said the meat industry would support such move.