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NMIS Spearheads Observance Of Meat Safety Consciousness Week and Celebrates Its 44th Founding Anniversary 

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), as mandated under Proclamation No. 276 (1972), spearheads the weeklong observance of Meat Safety Consciousness Week (MSCW) from October 17 to 21, 2016. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Kaisa sa Pagbabago, Kasama sa Asenso”.

The MSCW aims to create awareness on the advantages of eating safe meat. As there are diseases that can be passed on from animal to man or meat that may contain drug residues in excess of established limit that may pose danger to human health, it is critical that the right information be made available to consumers so that they will have an informed choice when they buy meat. The clean handling of meat is also an important factor in choosing what meat to buy because poorly handled meat may cause food-borne infection or intoxication. It is only when these information are conveyed to the public that they are protected from the danger of buying and eating unsafe meat.

The NMIS, formerly known as National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC), as the sole controlling authority on all matters pertaining to meat inspection and meat hygiene has been tasked to spearhead the nationwide observance of MSCW. The agency also currently celebrates its 44th founding anniversary. The NMIC was first established on October 1, 1972 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 7 and Letter of Instruction No. 16. It was renamed as National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under Republic Act (RA) 9296 (Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines) which took effect on May 12, 2004.

Republic Act (RA) No. 10536 which was approved on May 15, 2013 amended RA No. 9296 (2004) to strengthen the capacity of NMIS in securing the safety of meat from farm to fork. The law penalizes the sale of “botcha” or double dead (technical term is “cold slaughter”) and illegally imported meat. These pose a greater risk to human and animal health as these may be carriers of foodborne pathogens. To ensure the safety of meat that we eat, we must buy meat that are marked with the “Inspected and Passed” Logo.

Republic Act No. 9296 was further amended by RA 10611 (Food Safety Act) which was approved on August 23, 2013. Under this law and by virtue of the Joint Administrative Circular No. 2. s of 2016, the jurisdiction on processed meat has been transferred from DA - NMIS to the Department of Health – Food and Drug Administration (DOH – FDA) effective July 23, 2016. Shiela B. Endrina & Roberta L. Riguer