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Dr. January M. Nones Appointed Chief, Laboratory Division

July 2015. Executive Director Minda S. Manantan, upon concurrence of Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, has appointed Dr. January M. Nones as Chief Meat Control Officer and concurrently Chief of the Laboratory Division. The appointment was announced during the NMIS 2nd Quarter 2015 Consultative Conference at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Dr. Nones has been Acting Chief of the LD since January 2014. She transferred to NMIS from Makati City Veterinary Office in December 2012.

The Office of the Executive Director is the approving authority and, through the Chief of Laboratory Division, assumes the over-all supervision and oversight of the Central Meat Laboratory (CML) at the NMIS Central Office in Quezon City and all the Regional Satellite Laboratories. The Regional Technical Director directly supervises the regional laboratories through the designated Laboratory Section Head. (Please refer below.):

              Regional Meat Laboratories (6)            - Laboratory Sections
              * Region I                                                 - Urdaneta, Pangasinan
              * Region III                                                - City of San Fernando, Pampanga
              * Region IV-A                                           - Lipa City, Batangas
              * Region VII                                              - Mandaue City, Cebu
             * Region XI                                                - Davao City, Davao del Sur
             * Region XII                                               - Polomolok, South Cotabato

The CML is responsible for the over-all planning of logistical support for all the regional laboratories, covering the laboratory facility/building, equipment, and other consumable and supplies. Technical assistance and training opportunities also emanates from the CML/Central Office.

The Central Meat Laboratory has the capability to perform microbiological analysis for identification of meat pathogens, determine Commercial Sterility of canned meat products, detect meat parasites e.g., Trichinella spp. through artificial digestion method, and detect drug residues using both Microbial Inhibition Test (MIT) for regulated antibiotics (Beta-lactams, Macrolides, Tetracycline, Sulfa Drugs, Quinolones and Aminoglycosides) and Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) screening for veterinary drugs (Chloramphenicol, Nitrofurans AOZ, Beta-agonists, Corticosteroids and Ractopamine). Other available tests include determination of pH and moisture content in meat, nitrite concentration in processed meats, determination of water quality, identification of beef and carabeef (carotene test), and organoleptic examination of meat and meat products. The Regional Meat Laboratories has the minimum capacity to perform microbiological test methods and screening for regulated antibiotics using MIT.


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