Press Releases

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has signed two new Orders prescribing the rules and regulations on hygienic handling of newly slaughtered, chilled, frozen and thawed meat that are sold in meat markets.

DA Administrative Order No. 5 stipulates the hygienic handling of newly slaughtered meat while A. O. No. 6 deals with the hygienic handling of chilled, frozen and thawed meat.

The newly signed orders were published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on March 18, 2012; therefore, these will take effect on April 2, 2012 after the 15-day mandatory publication period.

The Orders were issued to ensure that meat will be hygienically handled throughout the entire distribution and sale chains in order to prevent contamination that may cause food-borne illness.

Party List reacts on meat exports drop in 2011
The Manila Bulletin
March 13, 2012

The chairman of a party-list said there is no truth to the claim of the United States that the drop in their frozen meat exports in 2011 to the Philippines was due to the implementation of Administrative Order No. 22 by the Department of Agriculture.

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No consultation made on AO 22 – Alcalanews2
People’s Journal
March 13, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala admitted that the government had failed to consult industry stakeholders before releasing the controversial Administrative Order No. 22, which has affected the meat industry. Alcala, during a recent meeting with meat processors, hog raisers, and meat importers, said a new order would be issued soon to replace AO 22.

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Double dead or double talk
The Philippine STAR
March 7, 2012
Cito Beltran

Do we really have a problem with “double dead” meat or are we being conditioned by people who have been trained in the art of “double talk”, or even double cross?. Last Monday, the early morning news once again featured a “botcha” story is, it’s any news item that talks about double dead meat being sold to the public.

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600 kilos 'tainted' carabao beef seized from Pasay marketnews2
GMA News Online
March 5, 2012
 
At least 600 kilos of suspected tainted carabao meat was seized from stalls at a public market in Pasay City before dawn Monday. Pasay City officials said this was part of their operations against tainted meat, according to a report on dzBB radio.

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Meat importers chide DA chiefnews2
March 2, 2012
Tempo
Marvyn N. Benaning

Meat importers and processors have criticized Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala for being lenient on warm meat but overly strict on imported meat from US and Canada. The Alliance of Food Processors, Providers and Stakeholders (AFPPS) appealed to Alcala in a letter dated February 13, 2012 to examine closely the scientific basis for the imposition of Administrative Order No. 22 that compelled sellers of imported pork, beef, and chicken to keep their products frozen or chilled and covered with plastic to ensure they are free from contamination.

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Restrictions On Imported Meat Hitnews2
March 1, 2012
Manila Bulletin
By Marvyn N. Benaning

Meat importers and processors have taken Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala to task for being lenient on warm meat but overly strict on imported meat from the US and Canada.

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1.200 kilos of ‘botcha’ seizednews2
March 1, 2012
TEMPO
Mark Anthony N. Manuel

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Police operatives seized 1,200 kilos of “botcha” or double-dead meat Monday night in Barangay Muzon in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, police here reported. Police said the confiscated hog meat were later burned and buried.

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DA won’t suspend order on frozen meat importsnews2
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 1, 2012
Ma. Elisa Osorio

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will not suspend the implementation of Administrative Order No. 22 covering frozen meat imports and over which the United States is threatening retaliatory trade action on Philippine export of rice and sugar. In press conference, Alcala revealed that the DA is currently in talks with US Department of Agriculture officials regarding AO 22.

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US presses changes in PH import rulesnews2
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 1, 2012
Kristine L. Alave

The United States government has pressed anew the Philippines to amend an administrative order regulating the entry of imported meat industry claimed was discriminatory, top officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday.

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