NMIS urges industry to contest jurisdiction over processed meat
To resolve the issue on the contested jurisdiction over processed meat, the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is urging the Philippine Association Of Meat Processors, Inc. (PAMPI) to submit a position paper addressed to the Office of the President on the matter.
“I will wait for the position letter from the industry. I’ll see what I can do. It’s a common sense. You shouldn’t break the food chain,” NMIS Executive Director Ernesto Gonzales said,
PAMPI is particularly pushing for the transfer of jurisdiction over processed meat from the Department of Health (DOH) to DA, a move both government agencies support.
In fact, DA and DOH drafted an Executive Order (EO)— meant to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte— that will temporary hold in abeyance the implementation of the President’s order for DA’s NMIS to transfer its jurisdiction over meat products to DOH.
PAMPI Vice President Jerome Ong said that upon the recommendation of the NMIS, the organization is now drafting a position paper or a formal appeal about the issue.
“We plan to do so (finish the position paper) this month. We just want to be very prepared and precise in our appeal. To be very clear about it, we have high regards for DOH and FDA people. But we feel that the more appropriate agency that supervise the industry, by the name itself, is really the National Meat Inspection Service,” Ong said.