Press Releases

BIRD FLU REPORT CENSORSHIP HIT
December 23, 2011
TEMPO


Top US Scientist defended their bid to stop details of a mutant bird flu virus from being published and called for global cooperation to ward off an uncontrollable pandemic. Meanwhile, scientists involved in the experiments said they are cooperating with government officials and the editors of the journals Science and Nature to pare down their research for publication in the coming weeks. The controversy arose when two separate research teams – one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States – separately found ways to alter the H5N1 avian influenza so it could pass easily between mammals. Until now, bird flu has been rare in humans, but particularly fatal in those who do get sick. H5N1 first infected humans in 1997 and has killed more than one in every two people that it infected, for a total of 350 deaths.

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Poultry industry claims
December 22, 2011
The Philippine Star
Marianne V. Go

Losses of P10.329B
The poultry industry said it is losing an estimated P10.329 billion in sales due to competition from illegally imported poultry and poultry products.

This was learned from United Broilers and Raisers Association (UBRA) president Gregorio San Diego and vice president Elias Jose M. Inciong who said the local industry is almost self-sufficient contrary to a projection by the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Statistics’ (DA-BAS) that there would be a shortage.

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Chickens to Battle Flu
December 22, 2011
HONG KONG (AFP)

Hong Kong culled 17,000 chickens yesterday and suspended live poultry imports for 21 days after three birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus.

Healthy chief York Chow announced the measures late on Tuesday after a dead chicken at the city’s main wholesale market and two wild bird tested positive for the virus, which can be fatal to humans.

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HOUSE OK’s ‘BOTCHA’ BILL ON 3RD READING
December 20, 2011 (Tuesday)
The PHILIPPINE STAR
JESS DIAZ


The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to strictly prohibit the distribution and sale of ‘hot meat’, known in the market as ‘botcha’.

Distributors and sellers of ‘double dead’ hogs, chicken, cattle and other animals for food face imprisonment of up to six years.

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100 kg 'tainted' processed meat seized in Quezon City
December 15, 2011
LBG, GMA News
 
Authorities seized before dawn Thursday more than 100 kilos of potentially tainted processed meat in a market in Quezon City.

The meat was placed outside a freezer where it could have been spoiled or contaminated, according to a team from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Dr. Fernando Lontoc of the NMIS said the 114 kilos of meat was found at the Commonwealth Market, radio dzBB reported.

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Mabigat na parusa sa nagbebenta ng botcha aprub na sa Kamara
Pilipino Star Ngayon
www.philstar.com
December 15, 2011
Gemma Garcia

MANILA, Philippines - Aprubado na sa Kamara sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa ang panukalang patawan ng mabigat na parusa ang mga nagbebenta ng botcha o double dead meat.

Isusumite sa Senado ang panukala para makalikha rin sila ng kaparehong panukala at maging isa itong ganap na batas.

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Tagalog news: “Botcha” mula Tarlac, nasabat sa Ilocos Sur
PIA Press Release
December 13, 2011
Ben P. Pacris


VIGAN CITY, Dec 13 (PIA) -- May nasabat ang pulisya na delivery truck at van mula sa Pampanga at Tarlac na may kargang “botcha” o double dead na karne ng baboy kabilang na ang mga hotdog at ham na walang expiry date sa pakete na tangkang ipagbili sa palengke ng Heritage City.

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DA scores US, Canada for meddling with meat standards
December 11, 2011
The Philippine Star
Marianne V. Go

MANILA, Philippines - Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dr. Davinio Catbagan has scored the United States and Canada for meddling with the meat standards in the Philippines.

The US and Canadian governments have been appealing to the Department of Agriculture not to implement Administrative Order 22 which outlines the rules and regulations in the handling of frozen and chilled meat products in the meat markets.

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Meat Traders warn of ‘strong increase in prices’
December 05, 2011
The Philippine Star "Business"
Marianne V. Go

The Meat Importers and Traders Association(MITA) warns of a “strong increase in prices” this Christmas season following lower importations by meat importers and traders.

MITA has criticized local hog farmers and growers for refusing to adapt and adjust to changing market models and instead simply pinning the blame on others.

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QC chicken meat shop under close watch
December 02, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Julie M. Aurelo

DRESSED chicken meat shops in 16 markets in Quezon City are being closely monitored by city offices to improve sanitary and safety standard in these establishments.

City veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel wants a stricter monitoring of these shops to ensure their compliance with sanitation and consumer code requirement.

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