Press Releases

Court Denies TRO and Preliminary Injunction Against Meat Handling Regulations’ Implementation
June 25,2012

Judge Merianthe Pacita Zuraek of Manila Regional Trial Court denied the petition of Best Way Food Industries for a writ of preliminary injunction against the implementation of Administrative Order No 5 and 6 and the operatives of the Department of Agriculture, National Meat Inspection Service and local government units from confiscating frozen meat in market places. A. O. 5 prescribes the regulations on the hygienic handling of newly slaughtered meat while A. O. 6 prescribes the same for chilled, frozen and thawed meat.

Judge Zuraek , in a court  order issued last June 5, said that petitioner Best Way Foods, represented by Philip Cea, failed to establish that the two Orders  render discriminatory  treatment against frozen, chilled and thawed meat during transportation, distribution and sale.


Palace names new NMIS chief
June 25, 2012

Malacañang has appointed a new head of the National Meat Inspection Service, some two months after the agency's head resigned over a row over alleged meat smuggling. Appointed new executive director of the NMIS was Minda Manantan, the agency's former deputy executive director, radio dzBB's Tuesday Niu reported. To be replaced by Manantan is lawyer Jane Bacayo, who quit over the threat by the growers to stage a meat holiday earlier this year. Local growers had threatened to stage a one-week meat holiday due to supposed meat smuggling that threatened their trade. Last May, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said Bureau of Animal Industry head Efren Nuestro went on indefinite leave while Bacayo submitted an irrevocable resignation. The Department of Agriculture supervises the NMIS. –KG, GMA News