August 9, 2017
Philippines imposes total ban on Brazil meat
The Philippines has temporarily canceled the accreditation of all Brazilian firms exporting meat products to the country after some shipments from the Latin American country tested positive for salmonella.
A report by Business Mirror said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol had issued a memorandum formalizing his earlier pronouncement that he would impose a total ban on Brazilian meat imports. It also repeals an earlier memorandum that imposed a temporary import ban on 25 Brazilian foreign meat establishments (FMEs).
"A total of 246 out of 492 container vans were sampled and subjected to laboratory analysis from March 1 to June 30 wherein samples from 18 containers [7%] tested positive for salmonella spp.", Piñol said.
He explained that microbiological limits for salmonella spp. must be absent in 25-gramme sample.
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), an attached agency of the agriculture department, started performing tight inspections on all beef and poultry meat imports from Brazil on March 24. following media reports of the allegedly "rotten" Brazilian meat and the submitted communication of Brazil to the World Trade Organisation on March 22, according to Business Mirror.
Brazil exported 55,581.853 tonnes of meat and meat products to the Philippines last year, up 5.86% from the 52,505.429 tonnes in 2015.
More than half of the country's meat imports from Brazil last year were mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken, reaching 30,557.036 tonnes, or 18% lower than the 37,314.374 tonnes in 2015.
Beef accounted for 33.3%, reaching 18,524.966 tonnes, or 69.04% higher than the previous year's 10,959.168 tonnes.