Meat imports from Brazil should not be allowed to enter PH
As the Philippine government is poised to soon lift the ban on meat imports coming from Brazil, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) has maintained that the said commodity coming from the Latin American country should not be allowed to enter the country again.
SINAG chair Rosendo So said that the group is opposing the lifting of the said ban as “Brazil is FMD-free with vaccination”.
“Even if the processing plants in Brazil are cleared of salmonella, the bigger issue is the prevalence of FMD vaccination. The local industry, together with the good people at BAI [Bureau of Animal Industry] and DA [Department of Agriculture], worked hard for years so we would be declared FMD-free without vaccination,” So said.
“We got that recognition from OIE only two years ago and now we will risk all those hardwork to waste. That may even threaten again the survival of local industry, food safety and public health for the whims of a few importers,” he added.
Last week, it was reported that 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 already been cleared of salmonella.