PH’s ban on Brazil’s meat products may be lifted next month
The ban that the Philippine government has imposed on meat products coming from Brazil maybe lifted next month as the Latin American country may have been cleared of salmonella.
“A recommendation has already been made to lift the ban but we have to go through the process. We have to convene that body, which has to come up with the decision on the lifting,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“I can’t order until such time we’ve gone through all the process… But based on their (inspection team) reports, we will lift the ban by November,” he added.
In August, all foreign meat establishments (FMEs) from Brazil have temporarily lost their accreditation to sell their meat here after its local shipments were tested positive for salmonella.
According to Piñol, the temporary suspension is for the protection of the Philippine consumers pursuant to Food Safety Act.
DA, in coordination with other government agencies, is required to monitor the presence of contamination in foods of plant, animal, and fishery origin and shall formulate and implement measures to address incidents of food contamination.
Before the ban was placed, Philippine meat processors get most of their raw materials from Brazil, particularly mechanically deboned meat (MDM).