The Negros Occidental Provincial Foot and Mouth Disease Task Force confiscated 40 kilograms, or P20,000 worth of processed frozen meat, Monday, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The processed frozen meat was confiscated at around 4 p.m. at the Banago Port, in Bacolod City by the task force officers Julius Lapore, John Luel Mirasol, and Belen Alvarez for lack of shipping permit and National Meat Inspection Service certificate.
The meat arrived via the MV Joseph Shipping Lines from Pasay City and was placed in a styro box, topped with packs of bread ready to be delivered to a grocery store at the Burgos Market, Decena said.
The products will be disposed through cooking by the buyer and will be supervised by the veterinary quarantine inspectors, he added.
Decena also said quarantine inspectors are stationed in all air and sea ports in the province to regularly check and ensure that the incoming and outgoing products like meat and other by products of livestock and poultry are safe and secure.
Earlier, the PVO had also confiscated 60 kilograms of chicken entrails that, it said, were not safe or fit for consumption.*LTG