Customs, agri dept to probe smuggled frozen meat from China


Posted at Dec 13 2019 09:45 AM | Updated as of Dec 13 2019 11:56 AM

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MANILA — The Bureau of Customs and the Department of Agriculture will investigate the smuggling of up to 12,000 kilos of frozen meat from China recently seized in Navotas, an official said Friday.

The confiscated frozen poultry, including black chicken, duck liver, and Peking duck, are banned by the DA due to the threat of avian flu virus and African swine flu.

The BOC is checking the serial number of the contraband's container van to determine its entry point and which personnel were responsible for its inspection, said the bureau's Spokesperson and Assistant Commissioner Vincent Philip Maronilla.

"Titingnan po namin iyong proseso namin at sino iyong mga tao namin na nagkamali d'yan, pero magjo-joint investigation din po kami sa Department of Agriculture kasi nga ho joint din iyong aming usual inspection," he said.

(We will look at our process and which of our personnel made a mistake. But this will be a joint investigation with the Department of Agriculture because our usual inspection is also joint.)

The Customs bureau lacks a cold storage facility that will prevent imported meat from spoiling so it can only inspect the front part of container vans, the rear of which is examined with the DA's help, he added.

The driver of the container van of Wednesday's meat failed to present proper documents to authorities. The haul was in 1,054 boxes, each weighing 10 to 12 kilos, said the National Meat Inspection Service which seized it.

DZMM, Dec. 13, 2019