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Food Animal Welfare Program

This is one of the programs under Plant Operation Standards and Monitoring Division to enforce Republic Act 10631(Amendment to Certain Sections of R.A. 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines), Republic Act 10536 (An Amendment to R.A 9296 or The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines), Administrative Order No. 18 series of 2008 (Rules and Regulation on Humane Handling of Animals for Food).

Recognizing the importance of humane handling of animals prior to slaughter having a significant effect on the quality of meat, the National Meat Inspection Service endeavors to harmonize rules and regulations on plant operation and animal welfare based on international standards from World Animal Health (OIE) and from Codex Alimentarius. This program employs print publications such as pamphlets and tarpaulins to increase stakeholders’ awareness on animal welfare and its role to produce high quality meat.

This program equips NMIS and LGU meat inspectors with technical knowledge on the principles and concepts of animal welfare through capacity building such as trainings and workshops to increase the expertise needed to comply and implement animal welfare and meat inspection standards. Collaboration with internationally recognized organization such as World Animal Health Organization (OIE), KOICA, EU and World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) to strengthen the capacity of Regional Food Animal Welfare Officers to enforce animal welfare.

Finally, it also aims to establish a Food Animal Welfare Management System (FAWMS) in all meat establishments transporting and handling food animals for slaughter. This in-plant management system is subject to monitoring and evaluation and eventual certification to ensure that animals are handled humanely from transport to slaughter and that meat and meat products underwent a process of acceptable quality standard that is fit for human consumption.

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